Fury at BNP candidate's claims over Holocaust

Leaders of Yorkshire's Jewish communities are appalled at a British National Party decision to field a Euro-election candidate who said "dentistry and plastic surgery" were positives to come out of the Holocaust.

Marlene Guest made the comments in a Sky One documentary, BNP Wives, broadcast in January, 2008 when she also attempted to minimise the scale of the Holocaust.

Naming the BNP leader and a notorious neo-Nazi book, she said: "Now Nick Griffin queried numbers... I've read a thing called Did 6 Million Jews Really Die?... If they'd have kept the crematorium going in this little camp for 24/7 for 50 years they still couldn't have burnt that amount of bodies."

Three Jewish community leaders from Leeds, Sheffield and Hull have expressed their horror at Ms Guest's inclusion on the BNP list of candidates for Yorkshire, which is home to dozens of Holocaust survivors

They said in a statement: "We are appalled by the decision of the British National Party to include a candidate on its European election list who claimed on television that "dentistry and plastic surgery" were positives to come out of the Second World War death camps.

"It would seem that beneath the BNP's 'respectable' veneer, neo-Nazi propaganda continues to feature on its members' reading list.

'The Jewish community is used to coping with the denial of the grim reality of the Nazi death camps by a misguided or bigoted few. However we are disturbed to find these views expressed by someone who proposes to represent the people of Yorkshire and make laws on their behalf.

'In a normal democratic party an election candidate who quoted such material would surely be expelled. But the BNP on its website congratulated Marlene Guest on her TV appearance.

"We believe that a party which is so comfortable with neo-Nazi material and denial of the truth of the Holocaust, which decimated Jewish families and communities, is not fit to represent the people of Yorkshire. We call on everyone to go out and vote. A high turnout will ensure that the BNP's message of division and hate is rejected."

Signatories to the statement are Sue Dorsey, president, Leeds Jewish Representative Council; John Speyer, chairman, Sheffield & District Reform Jewish Congregation; Ian Sugarman, chairman, Ne've Shalom, Hull Reform Synagogue.

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