Nazi Sympathizers and Holocaust Deniers Hold Secret Meeting in London

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Grosvenor Crescent in London. The secret meeting of Nazi sympathizers and Holocaust deniers took place nearby.Credit: Bloomberg

Holocaust deniers and Nazi sympathizers convened at a London hotel last week for an event featuring anti-Semitic speeches in which Jews were called "the enemy" and "children of darkness," the Daily Mail reported Saturday.

The event, which drew more than 100 participants, took place at the four-star Grosvenor Hotel and included international speakers from the United States, Canada, Spain and Britain, among them "familiar faces" from the far-right National Front and the British National Party.

The British daily sent a team of reporters and photographers to the event, which outraged Jewish leaders and prompted calls for police to investigate. The paper has transferred its materials to the police.

"The material from this white supremacist group makes ugly reading," Jonathan Arkush, vice president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, told the Daily Mail.

"On the face of it, their proceedings should be investigated to ascertain whether criminal offenses have been committed, including incitement to racial hatred," he said.

The paper reported that the main speaker was Pedro Varela, reportedly a self-described Nazi who was arrested in the past for praising Hitler and denying the existence of gas chambers at Auschwitz.

In his speech at the meeting, Varela referred to mixed-race children as "blackos" and described gay parents as "making a monster family," according to the report.

Attendees were encouraged to "identify, counter and break . Jewish-Zionist domination" and they also mocked the Charlie Hebdo massacre.

Another leading Holocaust denier, Mark Weber, gave a speech titled "The Challenge of Jewish-Zionist Power," in which he said, "The Jewish connection covers all areas and reaches every level. Most Americans may not even sense this gigantic effort, but there is scarcely a Jew who is not touched by its tentacles.

"In reality, the Jewish hold on American life is far more dangerous. Why? Jews in America have a strong loyalty to a foreign country – Israel."

According to the report, the event's location was not disclosed to participants ahead of time for security reasons. They met at a nearby Tube station and were escorted to the hotel in small groups.

The Grosvenor Hotel told the Daily Mail that the suite was reserved online under the pseudonym the "Carlyle Club" and that the hotel was unaware of the "nature" of the meeting.

The meeting, which took place last Saturday, came a week before Britain's largest Holocaust remembrance event, set to take place Sunday and mark 70 years since the liberation of Bergen-Belsen.

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