April 20th, 2017 was Adolf Hitler’s 128th birthday. What would’ve been just a normal day, marked with subtle infamy, is now celebrated as a holiday for members of the Alt- Right and Neo Nazi groups. On that day, The Forward reported of multiple sources that posted celebratory messages for Hitler’s birthday. Neo Nazi and Alt-Right websites posted messages such expressing these messages embodying Hitler’s positive role as a world leader and “peaceful origins” of the nazis. On the Daily Stormer “Happy birthday, Uncle Adolf. We’ve never missed you more than we miss you right now,” was written by Andrew Anglin, editor of the neo-Nazi site. The author of The Daily Stormer post also updated his website’s interface with “lit candles and frosted letters wishing Hitler a happy birthday.” Altright.com, a site run by website run by white nationalist leader Richard Spencer, dismissed nazi activity during the Holocaust as “another Big Lie of the establishment left.” In addition to these prominent posts, there would countless Tweets that circulation on this day which shared similar messages of celebration.
This type of display exemplifies many disturbing elements of antisemitism in the 21st century, particularly in the year 2017. The internet continues to become and a day is being framed by internet users as a holiday worth celebrating. In this case, the internet is being used to express messages of Holocaust denial which is immeasurably powerful. Not only does Holocaust denial express the frightening views of the extreme but its presence on the internet gives it much more power. As the years pass as we get further away from the WWII era, history will only become increasingly misconstrued. These simple non-factual views have the power to influence the way that people recognize and interpret history.