Superman Didn’t Help the Jews

Opinion: The Holocaust Meets Popular Culture

by Abraham H. Foxman


They [young people] are bombarded by as much disinformation as information. Holocaust deniers would have them believe that there were no concentration camps, no death camps; that Hitler’s Nazis didn’t have a Final Solution; that it is all just a Jewish conspiracy.


Superman, in three recent issues of the comic book, was sent back in time to fight Nazi evil, but he never names the victims. The intent was to send a universal message. The result proved offensive to Holocaust victims. Didn’t the writers know that every Jew was a victim?


Abraham H. Foxman is national director of the Anti-Defamation League and a Holocaust survivor.

Saturday, October 31, 1998

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