Ken Livingstone, the former London mayor who in April told a BBC Radio interviewer that Hitler had supported Zionism “before he went mad and ended up killing six-million Jews,” made another appearance on the BBC on Monday, telling the same radio host that he stands by his statements.
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As reported by The Jewish Chronicle of London, in his latest radio appearance, Livingstone told BBC Radio London's Vanessa Feltz that he has substantial evidence for his earlier remarks, which resulted in his suspension from the British Labour Party.
"After I did the interview with you and I got suspended, I couldn’t walk down the street for people stopping me and saying ‘we know what you said is true – don’t give in to them,'" he told Feltz "It’s going to be very difficult for them to expel me from the Labour Party when I’ve got this whole sheaf of documents and papers which shows that what I said was true."
"The fact [is] that during the 1930s, Hitler collaborated with the Zionists and supported them because he believed that a solution to his problem – the Jews – was that they should all move to Palestine. Then in the 1940s that changed and he decided on genocide. And that’s the point I made on your program. I’m just surprised that people didn’t check that it was true before they started screaming ‘Nazi apologist,'" he said.
This wasn’t Livingstone first brush with controversy related to the Holocaust. In 2005, he generated anger after asking Jewish reporter Oliver Finegold of the London Evening Standard if he was a "German war criminal" and telling him: "You are just like a concentration camp guard. You are just doing it because you are paid to, aren't you?"