A British National Party Euro election candidate from South Yorkshire has been condemned by Jewish leaders for remarks made about the Holocaust in a television documentary.
Marlene Guest, of Kimberworth Park, Rotherham, claimed 'dentistry and plastic surgery' were positives to come out of the genocide, while being filmed for Sky One documentary 'BNP Wives'. Mrs Guest, standing for the far-right party as a candidate in next week's European Parliament elections, also questioned the scale of the atrocity, saying: "I've read a thing called 'Did Six Million Jews Really Die?'. If they'd have kept the crematorium going 24/7 for 50 years, they still couldn't have burnt that amount of bodies."
Afterwards she claimed her comments had been 'twisted' and said that before the offensive remarks she had told film-makers: "You can't say anything good came out of the Holocaust."
But leading Jewish figures from Sheffield, former Hallam MP Sir Irvine Patnick, vice president of the Orthodox Synagogue, and John Speyer, chair of the Reform Synagogue, said: "In a normal democratic party a candidate who quoted such material would surely be expelled. The BNP, on its website, congratulated Marlene Guest on her TV appearance. We think the electorate should understand that this party remains a fascist organisation, in the tradition of Oswald Mosley."
In a letter signed by other leading Jews from across Yorkshire, Sir Irvine and Mr Speyer added: "We believe a party which is so comfortable with neo-Nazi material and denial of the truth of the Holocaust, which decimated Jewish families and communities, is not fit to represent the people of Yorkshire. We call on everyone to go out and vote. A high turnout will ensure the BNP's message of division and hate is rejected."
Mrs Guest said: "I am not anti-semitic and never have been. I have grandfathers who fought in both World Wars and I think the Holocaust was a horrible, evil thing. I am sick of people going on about this film."
She added she had asked the makers to remove her from the documentary after she caught them looking at her correspondence but they refused to edit her out and she said she 'couldn't afford a lawyer to stop them'.
Note: The BNP Wives documentary is here. Watch it and weep - some people will vote for this moron.