Lara Logan, a host on Fox Newsâ€™ streaming platform, has been denounced by several prominent Jewish organizations and the Auschwitz Museum after she compared White House chief medical adviser Anthony Fauci to Josef Mengele, a Nazi doctor who conducted experiments on Jewish extermination camp prisoners during the Holocaust.
â€œExploiting the tragedy of people who became victims of criminal pseudo-medical experiments in Auschwitz in a debate about vaccines, pandemic and people who fight for saving human lives is shameful,â€ Polandâ€™s Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum and Memorial said Tuesday in a Twitter statement. â€œIt is disrespectful to victims & a sad symptom of moral and intellectual decline.â€
The American Jewish Committee said the comments were â€œutterly shamefulâ€ and noted that Mengele earned his â€œAngel of Deathâ€ moniker by performing deadly experiments on Auschwitz prisoners, including many children.
Agree or not with Fauci, comparing him to â€œhistoryâ€™s most sadistic medical experimenter is beyond vile,â€ said David Harris, the CEO of the committee.
Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, said thereâ€™s â€œabsolutely no comparison between COVID-19 mitigation efforts and what happened to Jews during the Holocaust.â€
â€œThis includes making outlandish analogies suggesting Dr. Fauci is akin to Nazi war criminal Josef Mengele, known for his gruesome medical experiments on prisoners,â€ he added.
During an appearance Monday evening on â€œFox News Primetime,â€ Logan, who has a show on the Fox Nation streaming service, spread misinformation about COVID-19 and claimed without evidence that â€œpeople all across the worldâ€ were saying that Fauci doesnâ€™t represent science but instead represents Mengele because of his role in the approval of coronavirus pandemic mandates.
Fox News did not immediately return a request for comment.
Holocaust comparisons have become a common theme in anti-vaccination and anti-mandate circles, putting Jewish advocacy and history organizations in the position of having to repeatedly speak out. Some prominent vaccination critics have worn yellow stars to liken their situation â€• being encouraged to get vaccinated in order to participate in certain aspects of society â€• to the Nazisâ€™ treatment of Jews during the Holocaust.
Fauci, the longtime director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, has been demonized by right-wingers throughout the pandemic for making science-informed recommendations, which have evolved with newer information, on COVID-19 restrictions and vaccines. The attacks have intensified amid concerns over the emerging omicron variant.