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Health & Fitness The UK’s Holocaust memorial boss condemns Graham Linehan for comparing trans healthcare to Nazi experiments

12:45  14 february  2020
12:45  14 february  2020 Source:   pinknews.co.uk

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Graham Linehan has compared doctors treating trans youth to Nazis experimenting on children in concentration camps during the Holocaust . He said there are “a couple of parallels” between Nazi doctors and the doctors treating transgender children today. “Children are basically being

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Graham Linehan, Eric Pickles are posing for a picture © Provided by PinkNews

The UK special envoy for post-Holocaust issues, Lord Eric Pickles, has condemned Father Ted creator Graham Linehan for “trivialising the Holocaust” by comparing trans healthcare to Nazi experiments.

Linehan made the comments comparing doctors treating trans youth to Nazis experimenting on children in concentration camps during the Holocaust on BBC’s Newsnight on Monday.

He said there are “a couple of parallels” between Nazi doctors and the doctors treating transgender children today.

“Children are basically being experimented on with puberty blockers,” Linehan said.

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Graham Linehan has compared doctors treating trans youth to Nazis experimenting on children in Linehan replied: “The thing about the Nazi comment was what I was trying to get across was that this PinkNews has contacted Holocaust Educational Trust and Jewish LGBT charity Keshet UK for

for Mermaids UK .[43][44]. In a February 2020 interview with Newsnight, Linehan reiterated his view that transgender activism is comparable to Nazi eugenics programs and experiments on children, and claimed ^ " Graham linehan under fire for comparing trans activism to nazism ".

When asked by BBC journalist Sarah Smith if he was “seriously trying to say that children going to the doctor and saying they’re worried about their gender is akin to children being experimented on in Nazi concentration camps?” Graham Linehan replied: “I’m afraid I am.”

Lord Pickles, who has been the UK envoy on post-Holocaust issues since 2015, condemned Linehan’s remarks.

Pickles told PinkNews: “Forced medical procedures conducted by the Nazis in concentration camps were vile experiments in eugenics, clinically pointless, indifferent to human life and tinged with sadism.

“As Mr Linehan has found to his costs, casual comparisons with the death camps and contemporary issues rarely work and are fraught with dangers. They trivialise the Holocaust and undermine the issue they are propounding by making the comparison.”

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Other experiments aimed to develop and test drugs and treatment methods for injuries and illnesses which German military and occupation personnel encountered in the field. A third category of medical experimentation sought to advance the racial and ideological tenets of the Nazi worldview.

Graham Linehan has been condemned for his comments. Graham Linehan linked trans issues to Nazi Germany. Speaking on the radio show, Linehan : “People do Dr Adrian Harrop wrote: “Making a comparison between the actions or members of any group and those of the Nazi Party is, at the very

Pickles’ role is to ensure that the lessons of the Holocaust are never forgotten. In 2018, Pickles was appointed alongside Ed Balls as co-chair of the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation advisory board.

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The landmark study, published in medical journal Pediatrics in January 2020, was the first to look at the impact of access to puberty blockers on suicide risk of trans kids.

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Graham Linehan compares doctors treating trans kids to Nazi experiments in concentration camps .
Graham Linehan has compared doctors treating trans youth to Nazis experimenting on children in concentration camps during the Holocaust. He said there are “a couple of parallels” between Nazi doctors and the doctors treating transgender children today. “Children are basically being experimented on with puberty blockers,” Linehan said. When asked if he was “seriously trying to say that children going to the doctor and saying they’re worried about their gender is akin to children being experimented on in Nazi concentration camps?” Linehan replied: “I’m afraid I am.

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