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Norman, I want to ask you about a video, one of the first videos that I'd ever seen of
you. The first time I ever discovered that you existed was a video of you on a site Reddit.com
and it was a young student and I forget the university you were at and he cried in front
of you as you spoke of the Holocaust. It invoked a very visual emotional response in her and
you were unwavering in your response to that.
That particular video has a certain amount of mis-understanding about it. First of all,
the young woman was not Jewish. Many people think I was lashing out at this young Jewish
woman, no, she was German and I found it deeply offensive that a German was telling me, the
son of Nazi Holocaust survivors, how I should be talking about the Nazi Holocaust.
Now let me make one thing very clear here. I have a lot of very close German friends,
in fact most of the my closet friends, many of my closet friends now are German. So I
don't carry my parents baggage, I don't blame my parents. I certainly understand but I don't
carry my parents baggage when it comes to Germans. The fact is, many Germans of which
this young woman was exemplary, for them the Nazi Holocaust is a theatre, it's a passion
plate, you're supposed to come up on stage and beat your chest and say "How horrible
it was, how horrible," and then you're supposed to cry. And I don't, I don't like that because
it's phony. It's fake, you're putting on a show. Even though the tears were probably
real, the foundation was fake and phony. She wants to come out and show everybody in that
audience at Waterloo how much she as a German is hurt by the Holocaust well number one young
lady, I got new for you. As pained as you, I'm a lot more pained because I had to live
with my parents suffering for the entire duration of their life, to the last day of their life
so I'm a lot more pained than you so please don't tell me about how to talk about Nazi
Holocaust and number two if you really are grieving save it for the privacy of a room,
don't put it on show for everyone because then it becomes a theatre and I'm not interested.
As I said, spare me the crocodile tears. I don't want to hear from it.