“The conspiracy theorists of QAnon hold “that the world is run by a cabal of Satan-worshiping pedophiles who are plotting against Mr. Trump”

A scholar of American anti-Semitism explains the hate symbols present during the US Capitol riot
by Jonathan D. Sarna
January 15, 2021

One of the many horrifying images from the Jan. 6 rampage on the U.S. Capitol shows a long-haired, long-bearded man wearing a black “Camp Auschwitz” T-shirt emblazoned with a skull and crossbones, and under it the phrase “work brings freedom” – an English translation of the Auschwitz concentration camp motto: “Arbeit macht frei.” These and related images, captured on television and retweeted on social media, demonstrate that some of those who traveled to Washington to support President Donald Trump were engaged in much more than just a doomed effort to maintain their hero in power. READ MORE

BEGIN-SADAT CENTER Dr Manfred Gerstenfeld: Conspiracy Theories Are an Integral Part of Western Culture The coronavirus pandemic has sparked widespread conspiracy theories. Such theories are an integral part of contemporary Western culture, even in places that are purportedly enlightened. The irrational elements in Western society are very significant, and it will take serious study to begin to understand the many ways in which this irrationality affects Western attitudes.

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