A candidate for the Indiana school board defended his assertion that “all Nazis weren’t terrible.” Dr. Matt Keefer is vying for a position on the board of trustees for the Zionsville Community Schools. In a since-deleted Facebook post, Keefer supported his assertion by writing, “Haters gotta hate,” according to WXIN. Subscribe to our daily newsletter to receive exclusive analysis, news, and trends in your inbox. Thank you for registering! A candidate for the Indiana school board who had previously stated that “all Nazis weren’t horrible” later clarified his words by asserting, “I am accurate.”
On October 17, Dr. Matt Keefer, who is competing for a position on the board of trustees of the Zionsville Community Schools, sparked a controversy when he responded to a Facebook remark asking him if teaching about the 1921 Tulsa race riot would be contentious. The comment further inquired as to whether “teaching that Nazis were horrible” would also qualify as indoctrination, according to WXIN .
In a reply that has since been deleted, Keefer stated, “All Nazis weren’t ‘evil,’ as you say.”
They did terrible things, said Keefer. They were involved in a group frenzy in both instances, as you noted. Who is to say that we wouldn’t have made the same decision if we had been there at the same time and place together?
The comment “diminished the Holocaust,” according to Jacob Markey, executive director of the Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council, who spoke to WXIN.
Markey told the site, “We have families; we have survivors who are still alive, who live in Indianapolis, all over the world.” “Many of them are the only ones alive; this kills me so badly inside,” one person said.
According to WXIN, Keefer defended his claim in a number of subsequent Facebook postings, adding that “haters gotta hate” in another since-deleted post where he claimed that the “far left” criticizing him “just makes me stronger.”
Keefer reiterated his claim in a statement he issued on Friday.
He wrote, “A few days ago, in answer to a question addressed to me on Facebook, I made the remark ‘not all Nazis were terrible.'” “I am right,”
In the statement, Keefer adds that he “is not now and never will be a Nazi sympathizer.”
Keefer stated in an interview with The Indianapolis Star that he believed the Nazi Party leaders to be “terrible people,” but added that “it doesn’t mean the normal persons that were obliged to join the party were all nasty.”
The Star was informed by Günther Jikeli, the head of Indiana University Bloomington’s Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism, that it is untrue that individuals were forced to join the Nazi party.
Jikeli informed The Star that nobody had been coerced. “Nobody would go to jail if they didn’t show up to the Nazi Party,” the statement read.