Insulate Britain compare their struggle to Nazis and the Holocaust


The eco protesters compared anyone not joining them to Nazi sympathisers (Picture: Reuters/PA)

Insulate Britain has accused people who do not openly support its campaign of showing the same ‘cruel’ indifference as Germans who ignored the Holocaust.

A tweet on the climate group’s official feed suggested activists sitting on UK roads while demanding free home insulation were as brave as dissidents who resisted the systematic murder of six million Jews during the Second World War.

It said: ‘Those who now and are silent now will be known as bystanders, just as those amongst the general population in Germany who were passive and indifferent to the rise of Nazi Germany and the escalating persecution that culminated in the Holocaust.’

The tweet was quickly deleted after it sparked a backlash, but the group has since doubled down on the comparison in response to questions from usnewsrank.com.

A spokesperson said: ‘Those who know and are silent now will be remembered as painfully and cruelly as those who ignored the horrors of Nazi Germany.

‘How will you look at what you have done this year?’

In a statement, the group pointed to recent forecasts by leading think-tank Chatham House that major heatwaves will affect 12 times as many people by 2040 if emissions are not ‘drastically’ reduced by 2030.

It grossly misreported another prediction by the think-tank, claiming that ‘by the 2030s, 400 million people globally each year are likely to be exposed to temperatures exceeding the survivability threshold’.

The activists suggested they were as brave as dissidents who resisted Nazi occupation (Picture: Sipa)

The threshold refers to weather events where maximum daily temperatures exceed 40C three days in a row.

In fact, Chatham House predicted that the number of ‘exposed to heat stress exceeding the survivability threshold is likely to surpass 10 million a year’ by this time.

Historians have fiercely debated whether the majority of Germans really were indifferent to the Holocaust.

After the war, many ordinary Germans who lived under Nazi occupation distanced themselves from the genocide, arguing they were ‘not involved’, while some said they shared ‘collective guilt’ for failing to resist but denied being antisemitic.

The group repeated claims about the Holocaust which have been widely rejected (Picture: Sipa)

This fuelled so-called ‘bystander’ theories popularised by scholars such as Hitler biographer Ian Kershaw, who famously wrote that ‘the road to Auschwitz was built by hate, but paved with indifference’.

But renowned Oxford University experts Robert Gellately and Nicholas Stargardt presented widespread evidence that Germans were widely aware of, and agreed with, the persecution of Jews.

Holocaust survivor Hannah Arendt notably argued that key figures behind the genocide such as Adolf Eichmann were motivated by a desire to ‘go along with the rest’ more than antisemitism.

However, she later rejected the idea that ordinary Germans were collectively guilty regardless of their attitudes towards Jews.

Insulate Britain declined to comment on the decision to delete its tweet.

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