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Ocasio-Cortez invited to tour Nazi concentration camps with Holocaust survivor for 'proper education'


'It should be a requirement of all United States Congressmen to visit Auschwitz'

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A Holocaust remembrance group has invited Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) to tour infamous Nazi concentration camps with a 93-year-old Holocaust survivor.

From The Depths, an organization that works to preserve the truth about the Holocaust, invited Ocasio-Cortez to participate in an educational tour of the Auschwitz-Birkenau, Mauthausen, and Majdanek concentration camps with Edward Mosberg, who survived stays at multiple Nazi death camps.

In an open letter, the group said it believes Ocasio-Cortez's controversial comments stem from "a lack of proper education on the Holocaust, a significant issue of our generation."

"The opportunity you will have of visiting the German Nazi Concentration Camps along with Mr. Mosberg, a 93 year old survivor of history's most brutal genocidal regime, will enable you to become a witness of a witness, something that our generation will sadly be the last to do, as result of the fact that the survivors are passing away at an ever increasing rate," the letter said.

Mosberg said, "It should be a requirement of all United States Congressmen to visit Auschwitz," according to Haaretz.

From The Depths has already hosted nearly two dozen U.S. lawmakers from Congress, both Republicans and Democrats, on tours of concentration camps, according to the letter.

The invitation comes after Dominik Tarczyński, a member of Poland's Parliament, personally invited Ocasio-Cortez to Poland to see "first hand how different" Adolf Hitler's concentration camps are from temporary detainment centers used to hold immigrants awaiting court and decisions regarding asylum requests.

Ocasio-Cortez has not yet responded to the invitations.

Instead, she has doubled down on her comparison between immigrant detainment centers and Holocaust concentration camps, calling on Republican leaders to apologize for supporting President Donald Trump's immigration policies.

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