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The Holocaust shouldn't be a catch-all metaphor for hate – but we can still learn from comparisons

By Maiken Umbach, Professor of Modern History and Faculty Research Director, University of Nottingham
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Gary Lineker’s tweet criticising the government’s asylum policy has led many to question when – if ever – it can be helpful to compare modern events to history. The chair of the Holocaust Education Trust rushed to condemn all historical comparisons between the Holocaust and current events.

But Lineker had not mentioned the Holocaust, the systematic murder of six million European Jews between 1942 and 1945. His tweet referred…The Conversation

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