Human Rights Watch Suspends Associate Finance Director for Auschwitz Remark

By Jackson Richman

The associate director of finance for Human Rights Watch has been suspended over a Holocaust joke he made on an online dating site.

“If you can’t laugh about the hair room at Auschwitz, get out,” according to Matthew Meyers’s Tinder profile, which also features his workplace and interests.

The U.S.-based Israeli advocacy group StandWithUs posted a screenshot of the profile description on Monday and urged people to make their “voice heard.”

“These comments are antithetical to the values of Human Rights Watch,” Andrew Stroehlein, HRW’s European media director, told the Jerusalem Post on Tuesday. “We have instructed Mr. Myers to delete them, and have suspended him from his duties pending further deliberation.”

Stroehlein added, “As soon as we were informed about this, we took immediate action.”

This situation is amid Holocaust memory under attack. Earlier this month, Poland enacted a law banning people from accusing the country of its role in the Holocaust, such as referring to concentration camps, like Auschwitz, as “Polish death camps.”

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