Tuesday, September 20, 2016

UK: Holocaust film-maker is told to 'get back in the oven' by literary magazine editor

Via Daily Mail:
A former adviser to Tony Blair has told of his shock at witnessing an anti-Semitic rant at a Proms reception.

Martin Bright, a former Observer journalist who once worked for the former Prime Minister’s Faith Foundation, was horrified when BBC journalist Henrietta Foster was told by a fellow guest to ‘get back in the oven’ – a reference to the gas chambers used by the Nazis during the Holocaust.

The fellow guest, who has been identified by The Mail on Sunday as Dr Leslie Jones, the editor of the Quarterly Review magazine, made the comment in reference to an appearance Ms Foster made in My Nazi Legacy, a documentary about the children of Hitler’s officers.
Last night Ms Foster (unrelated to Michael Foster), who is writing a history of Hungarian Jews, said she thought Dr Jones had made the remark at the reception on the Friday before the last night of the proms, because he incorrectly thought she was Jewish.

She said: ‘We had fallen out at a previous reception over Brexit – I told him to **** off because he had voted out. Then he came over to me last Thursday and said, “You were in that film, weren’t you?”, and told me I was cruel in my filmed question to the son of a Nazi officer.

‘Then he just said: “Get back in the oven. Do you understand me? Just get back in the oven.” ’

After Mr Bright and another guest remonstrated with Dr Jones, he insisted that it had been a joke. Dr Jones last night declined to comment.

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