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Whoopi Goldberg Invited to Visit Holocaust Museum, Suspended From ‘The View’ After Holocaust Comments

(JNS) The chairman of Yad Vashem invited talk-show host Whoopi Goldberg to visit the Holocaust memorial museum in Jerusalem to learn more about the causes of the Shoah. The invitation came on the heels of a controversy that erupted after Goldberg said on ABC’s “The View” that “the Holocaust isn’t about race.”

The segment during which Goldberg make the remarks focused on the Tennessee school board’s decision to ban “Maus,” a Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel about the Holocaust. “Let’s be truthful about it … the Holocaust isn’t about race, ” said Goldberg. “It’s about man’s inhumanity to man. That’s what it’s about.”

Goldberg later apologized, saying, “As [ADL CEO and national director] Jonathan Greenblatt shared, ‘The Holocaust was about the Nazis’ systematic annihilation of the Jewish people—who they deemed to be an inferior race.’ I stand corrected.”

Yad Vashem Chairman Dani Dayan welcomed the apology but said that Goldberg’s initial statement was indicative of a wider problem.

“The statement by Whoopi Goldberg on the ABC talk show ‘The View,’ only days after the world marked International Holocaust Remembrance Day, is an unfortunate indication of a fundamental misunderstanding of the nature of the Holocaust and antisemitism,” said Dayan in a statement.

On Tuesday, February 1, ABC News President Kim Godwin announced that Goldberg would be suspended for two weeks over her controversial remarks.

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