Former Human Rights Watch senior military analyst Marc Garlasco, who resigned from the organization after his affinity for collecting Nazi memorabilia was discovered, is now working as a senior human rights officer at the United Nations, Israel Matzav reports.
Garlasco’s Nazi obsession – first reported by Omri Ceren – made the pages of the New York Times and the Jerusalem Post. Garlasco’s hobby seemed particularly relevant, as he had helped write numerous reports for HRW that were perceived as extremely biased against Israel.
In a column for the Huffington Post, Garlasco, whose grandfather served in the German military during World War II, denied that his interest in Nazi memorabilia had any impact on his human rights work :
I’ve never hidden my hobby, because there’s nothing shameful in it, however weird it might seem to those who aren’t fascinated by military history. Precisely because it’s so obvious that the Nazis were evil, I never realized that other people, including friends and colleagues, might wonder why I care about these things. Thousands of military history buffs collect war paraphernalia because we want to learn from the past. But I should have realized that images of the Second World War German military are hurtful to many.
Clueless collector or creepy nostalgic, the real issue with Garlasco is his anti-Israel bias, which was clearly displayed at HRW. It remains to be seen what dealings, if any, he has with Israel in his new capacity.