An anti-refugee cartoon in the Daily Mail is reminding people of Nazi propaganda

Published November 19th, 2015 - 06:00 GMT
The Daily Mail's comic alludes to one of the suspected Paris attackers whom some suspect came through a refugee row from Greece. (AFP/File)
The Daily Mail's comic alludes to one of the suspected Paris attackers whom some suspect came through a refugee row from Greece. (AFP/File)

This week a political caricature appearing in the Daily Mail attempted to make a comment about the mass influx of Middle East refugees in Europe, but social media users say the image bears the same hateful themes of a different mass crisis—the Holocaust.

Penned by artist Stan McMurtry under the pen name, “Mac," the caricature depicts refugees as rats scurrying across Europe’s “open borders.” It also pictures a veiled women and several men with exaggerated noses and beards

There's even one man carrying a gun on his back, presumably referencing the Paris attacks at which a charred Syrian passport dropped at the crime scene is stoking fears that militants might be sneaking through European borders among actual refugees. 

Twitter users said the caricature looked like something one might find in Nazi propaganda. Some compared it with an pre-WWII anti-Semitic Viennese cartoon from Das Kleine Blatt which shows a hoard of rats being swept out of Germany and barred from “democratic” countries, according to The Independent.

Others have said it resembles the final picture of an anti-Semitic children’s book from 1936 titled, “Trust No Fox in the Green Meadow and No Jew on his Oath,” calling for celebration among young Germans for the hopeful expulsion of Jews, cites the New York Times.

In the vastly changing landscape making up Europe after this weekend, there's plenty of xenophonic sentiment to go around and, as Twitter users pointed out, this comic isn't making that any better. 

See the responses below. Via Twitter.

 

By Elizabeth Tarbell

 

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