FILE - An undated image shows the main gate of the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz in Poland. Writing over the gate reads: "Arbeit macht frei" (Work Sets You Free). German prosecutors said Thursday Sept. 26, 2013 they have charged a 93-year-old man who allegedly served as an Auschwitz death camp guard with being an accessory to murder. The suspect, Hans Lipschis, was charged in connection with the killing of some 10,500 people who were brought to Auschwitz aboard trains from the Netherlands, Berlin, Belgium, France and the Theresienstadt ghetto in what is now the Czech Republic between October 1941 and September 1943. Lipschis was taken into custody in May. He has acknowledged being assigned to an SS guard unit at Auschwitz, but maintains he only served as a cook and wasn’t involved in any war crimes. (AP Photo/File)
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., declined the invitation of a Poland-born Holocaust survivor from New Jersey to tour Auschwitz together following her remarks about concentration camps.
Edward Mosberg, 93, on Friday extended the invitation to the Democratic lawmaker. A week ago, Ocasio-Cortez touched off a heated debate in the media about her use of the term, which is widely associated with Nazi Germany, to describe migrant detention centers in the United States.
Ocasio-Cortez tweeted the rejection of the invitation in response to a tweet from Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, who called on her to visit the Nazi camp with Mosberg and the Holocaust commemoration group he leads, From the Depths. King was removed in January from two House committees after he said he wondered why the term “white supremacist” had become offensive.
“The last time you went on this trip it was reported that you also met w/ fringe Austrian neo-Nazi groups to talk shop. So I’m going to have to decline your invite. But thank you for revealing to all how transparently the far-right manipulates these moments for political gain,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.
Meanwhile, the New York Times over the weekend published a full-page ad which was headlined, “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, stop desecrating the Holocaust.” The ad, sponsored by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach and his The Values Network, features a picture of Jewish concentration camp prisoners and one of the congresswoman, and reads: “Six million Jews were murdered in the concentration camps of Nazi Germany. By comparing the United States to the Third Reich, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez disgraces their memory, our country and herself.”