by Danielle Le Messurier
The Daily Telegraph
February 12, 2019
An Australian Medical Association doctor has been condemned for comparing the treatment of asylum seekers living in offshore processing centres to the Holocaust.
Dr Paul Bauert, the paediatrics representative on the AMA Federal Council, was condemned on Monday over “appalling” comments suggesting people living in detention are worse off than those killed in Nazi gas chambers during World War II.
“Even those that finally knew they were about to be condemned at the gas chamber at least found some sense of relief in knowing what was happening,” he said.
NSW Jewish Board of Deputies chief executive Vic Alhadeff slammed Dr Bauert for demonstrating a “gross lack of empathy” for Holocaust victims, survivors and their families.
“The extraordinary ignorance and callousness in the statement that the millions of Jews who were gassed found relief in knowing they were about to be murdered is outrageous and appalling,” he said.
“Whatever his position on offshore detention, drawing a disingenuous comparison between Nauru and the Holocaust is offensive and inaccurate.”
Dr Bauert added “Auschwitz was a humanitarian disgrace”, trying to distance himself from his earlier claim.