Mel Gibson’s dad, Hutton Gibson, made new comments today arguing that the Holocaust either never happened or was greatly exaggerated.
In his interview on WSNR radio's "Speak Your Piece", to be broadcast Monday, Hutton Gibson, argued that many European Jews counted as death camp victims of the Nazi regime had in fact fled to countries like Australia and the United States.
"It's all -- maybe not all fiction -- but most of it is," he said, adding that the gas chambers and crematoria at camps like Auschwitz would not have been capable of exterminating so many people.
Gibson's father had made similar claims in remarks published in a New York Times article in March last year.
In a television interview with Diane Sawyer that was broadcast Monday on the ABC network, Mel Gibson accused the Times of taking advantage of his father, and he warned Sawyer against broaching the subject again.
"He's my father. Gotta leave it alone Diane. Gotta leave it alone," Gibson said, while offering his own perspective on the Holocaust.
The elder Gibson went on to charge that Jews were plotting to create a world religion and a world government where they would control all facets of life.
Hutton Gibson and Mel Gibson are both “Traditionalist” Catholics who have rejected reforms in the Church that began with Vatican II. Those reforms included statements making clear that Jews were not at fault for the death of Jesus. Critics claim Mel Gibson’s new film may inflame anti-Semitic feelings.