Brazilian Jewish hospital suspends doctor for comparing COVID-19 to the Holocaust


RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) – A prominent Brazilian physician was suspended by Latin America’s leading Jewish hospital after comparing the fear of the coronavirus pandemic to the Holocaust.
Nise Yamaguchi, an oncologist and immunologist at Sao Paulo’s Albert Einstein Israelite Hospital, made the comparison in an appearance on the “Impressoes” television show on July 5. She was suspended by the hospital on Saturday after working there for 35 years.

“Fear is harmful to everything,” Yamaguchi said. “First, it paralyzes you. It makes you easy to manipulate. Anyone. Do you think that a few Nazi soldiers would be able to control the hungry Jewish herd if they did not subject them to that daily humiliation?”
The suspension drew massive media coverage in Brazil. The Albert Einstein hospital is one of Brazil’s strongest Jewish institutions and is considered by many to be the best hospital in all of Latin America.
Yamaguchi’s remarks were “unfortunate and an unfounded analogy,” Sidney Klajner, the hospital’s president, told the Correio Brasiliense newspaper. “The Holocaust is an extremely important moment for us, where 6 million Jews were killed, and many survivors contributed to the foundation of our hospital.”

The Sao Paulo Jewish federation also condemned Yamaguchi, saying she her remarks “minimize the horrors of Nazism and offend the memory of victims, survivors and their families.”
Yamaguchi apologized on Sunday, saying her comments were not never anti-Semitic, paying tribute to her late Jewish mentor, and recalling her support for her sister’s conversion to Judaism.
Yamaguchi has been an ardent defender of the controversial drug hydroxychloroquine as treatment for COVID-19, but Klajner denied that was related to her suspension. She also drew support from the Brazil Israel Zionist Association’s president, Felix Soibelman, who called the hospital’s decision a “new inquisition held on behalf of Albert Einstein’s name.”

“Her comments do not dishonor or belittle our suffering as Jews at all! Quite the contrary, we feel rewarded by the fact that the memory of our slaughter is used to awaken the conscience of a people hammered by apathy,” Soibelman said.

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  1. A prominent Brazilian physician was suspended by Latin America’s leading Jewish hospital after comparing the fear of the coronavirus pandemic to the Holocaust.

    Nise Yamaguchi, an oncologist and immunologist at Sao Paulo’s Albert Einstein Israelite Hospital, made the comparison in an appearance on the “Impressoes” television show on July 5. She was suspended by the hospital on Saturday after working there for 35 years.

    “Fear is harmful to everything,” Yamaguchi said. “First, it paralyzes you. It makes you easy to manipulate. Anyone. Do you think that a few Nazi soldiers would be able to control the hungry Jewish herd if they did not subject them to that daily humiliation?”

    There was nothing offensive said by the doctor, but what she said was taken out of context and distorted as her statements supported the policies of the conservative Brazilian President democratically elected Mr Bolsonaro.
    This was a malicious attack coming from some feeble minded left wing jews
    Many people, confined to isolation and even solitude during these touch times of coping with the Corona virus, often compare themselves with Jews who spent months and years hiding from the Nazis who hunted and killed Jews in 21 countries during World War II.

    For those of us that are children of Holocaust survivors, we know well the hell our parents went through to survive.
    They hid, had no food, no clothes, no medical attention, and NO TOILET PAPER.
    They were cramped in hiding places with no fresh air and couldn' t make a sound or Nazis would kill them.
    It lasted a lot longer than this will last, some for up to 4 or 5 years.
    They lost their education, their souls, their youth.
    There were no supermarkets,no cell phones, no radios and no outside interference.

    What I will compare is 1933 NAZI GERMANY and the inaction of our Jewish leadership and the response of many Jews. Just as then when the voices of the Rabbinate might have made a difference , today most prefer to be politically correct and support our enemies.

    Had HITLER'S NAZI GERMANY conquered America no JEWS would have been left alive. That means many of you would never have been born. What is it that liberal JEWS do not understand? HITLER is coming and you are sleeping dreaming about the anti-Semitic Black LIVES MATTER. RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG

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