Local Holocaust survivor is upset by WH Press Secretary comments

Posted at 5:59 PM, Apr 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-12 19:12:32-04

A local Holocaust survivor say White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer's comments on Hitler are inexcusable.

Spicer was widely criticized after Tuesday's White House briefing when he told reporters that Hitler "didn't even sink to using chemical weapons."

Dr. Fred Kader is a local holocaust survivor, rescued as a child by distant family overseas.

"I lost my family, my whole family to the gas chambers in Auschwitz," Kader said. "If my dad were alive what would he want me to do? And the answer was right in front of my eyes. To be a decent human being. And to help people."

Kader made his way to Omaha after becoming a child neurologist, a profession he got into as a direct result from his own tragic childhood as one of the lost children from the Holocaust.

He says Spicer's comments regarding WW II are inexcusable.

"If you say a stupid thing because you don't use your brains - probably why God gave you brains to use - then you're becoming almost an accessory to the fact," Kader said.

Spicer recanted his comments Wednesday.

"I made a mistake. there's no other way to say it. i got into a topic that I shouldn't have and I screwed up," he said. "I hope people understand we all make mistakes. I hope I showed I understand that I did that"

Nebraska Rep. Jeff Fortenberry says the comments were a mistake, but Spicer's apology was honest.

"Yeah it was a painful comment," Fortenberry said. "Obviously he had to immediately apologize. I think the apology was sincere."

For Dr. Kader, he's still working to overcome his painful past.

"I slowly learned how to become a normal human being," he said.