If persons who are have chosen to not be vaccinated are wearing a Star of David with the designation “unvaccinated”, the following considerations should be made:
1. Is the category “unvaccinated” an identity comparable to the category “Jew” defined by the Nuremberg Racial Laws?
No. Everyone is free to be vaccinated or not. This would be the case even if vaccination were mandatory, because mandated vaccination is not to be equated with compulsory vaccination. The National Socialist discrimination against people as “Jews” was not based on their voluntary identification, had nothing to do with the behavior of the discriminated groups, and was based on anti-Semitic and pseudo-scientific racial considerations. The exclusion of Jews also has a long history. The idea of the “Final Solution” of the so-called “Jewish Question” under the rule of the National Socialists is to be understood as an attempt to destroy Jewish life, Jewish identity, Jewish descent and Jewish thinking – regardless of whether the person actually self-identified as Jewish or practiced the Jewish religion. No person persecuted by the Nazis for reasons of identity was free to evade persecution through other behavior.
2. Are the voluntarily unvaccinated treated like those labeled as “Jews” by Nazis?
No. The so-called discrimination against the unvaccinated has purely medical and public health reasons, and the measures are intended to combat a global pandemic. The Nazis were concerned with the destruction of life that was not considered worth living. The response to the pandemic is about protecting life at risk of serious illness and death. This protection is a task for society as a whole, precisely because Western societies claim to value human dignity and life. Equating medical quarantine and anti-pandemic measures with organized genocide is wrong. As a result, through wearing such insignia – whether consciously or subconsciously – the Holocaust is not only misunderstood, but trivialized and even denied in its dimensions.
3. As a demonstrator, do you have to think carefully about such connections?
Being a democrat means being well informed and taking your civic duties as a sovereign seriously. The right of assembly serves to form political opinions. This means that you have to deal with it responsibly. Do you have the right to be uninformed? Of course. Do you have the right not to have your own behavior and lack of information criticized? Of course not.
Whether every voluntarily unvaccinated person who puts on a Star of David with the designator “unvaccinated” is anti-Semitic in their heart, I cannot say. But the behavior is clearly anti-Semitic. It denies the reality of the Holocaust (see 1. and 2.). One should therefore ask oneself whether such behavior is acceptable – and whether it should be tolerated or even defended.
(also posted on philkneis.com in German)