Berlin Holocaust Memorial tells Skwawkbox visitors’ book is kept inside and only rarely allowed out of visitor information centre, deepening row over exploitation of memorial for photo opportunities
Earlier today, Skwawkbox reported on outrage at Keir Starmer appearing to use a stone at the Berlin Holocaust Memorial as a ‘desk’ while he wrote in a notebook. Some of his supporters claimed that he was writing in the memorial’s book of remembrance – and it’s possible that he was.
However, what his allies think might excuse him in fact inflames the row still further.
Skwawkbox called the Holocaust Memorial to ask where the book of remembrance is normally kept. Memorial staff told Skwawkbox that the book is kept inside the memorial’s visitor information centre and, while it might very occasionally be allowed outside, this would only be on request and the book would not be left outside for any length of time.
Outrage at Keir Starmer’s actions in Berlin was triggered by his exploitation of the Holocaust Memorial as a backdrop for a political campaign video, especially as the video doesn’t even mention the Holocaust. But now it appears that Starmer or his aides also took the book outside so that they could film him writing in it with the memorial in the background, rather than in the visitor centre where everyone else signs it if they wish to.
Starmer’s actions have already led to a vicious row between right-wing MPs and groups, with some MPs even claiming criticism of him is weaponising antisemitism – words that would see any left-wing MP suspended or expelled.
Now the excuse put forward by Mr Starmer’s fans in fact seems to indicate that the ‘repulsive‘ exploitation of the memorial as scenery was even more cynical than it looked to begin with.
Keir Starmer was contacted for comment.
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