(April 17, 2020 / JNS) A anti-Semitic website that is now shut down offered users the opportunity to trade a cryptocurrency called the “HoloCoin,” a reference to the Holocaust, in which Jews and the ashes of Jews burnt can be purchased or sold.
TheHolocoin.net, which was purchased on April 2 and registered with the website-building platform SquareSpace, is no longer accessible. However, the valueless virtual currency is still being traded on trading platforms such as ForkDelta.
StopAntisemitism.org was one of the first to draw attention to the anti-Semitic cryptocurrency.
“This has to be one of the most vile and atrocious anti-Semitic incidents we have yet to come across,” Liora Rez, executive director of StopAntiSemitism.org, told JNS. “For someone to erect and orchestrate a plan where they can buy the ashes of dead Jews as currency on a trading platform clearly shows the blatant hatred of Jews that exists in society today.”
Holocoin.net offered two currencies—“JEWS” and “ASH”—and its founders are online users that go by the usernames “Smaug Hitler” and “30YearOldHimmler.” The virtual currency is being promoted as an “ERC-20” token, which means it is designed for use on the Ethereum platform, an open-source blockchain-based distributed computing platform, and may be transferred to a cryptowallet.
The cryptocurrency quickly found its way onto online forums and social-media sites.
A page on the website Reddit that promotes HoloCoin describes it as “a cryptocurrency that recreates the Holocaust” and says that “15,300,000 JEWS were created, the team is airdropping JEWS and [it] is up to you if you wanna save them or let them burn.”
A thread on the website 4chan about the HoloCoin discusses those who purchased the cryptocurrency, saying, “Thank you to everybody who signed up and received your initial shipment of 500 JEWS. While initial shipments have ended, any wallet that registers according to instructions on TheHoloCoin.net will receive 50 JEWS every other week. JEWS may be purchased anytime.”
The message continued saying, “Any JEWS neither airdropped nor purchased will continue to burn at the rate of 4,107 per day—the rate at which 6 million are burned in four years. Thank you goyim for saving JEWS. Please continue to save JEWS, before they are burned and turned to ASH.”
The 4chan thread also features the cryptocurrency’s emblem: a large circle with “Remember The 6 Million” around its border with a large blue Star of David in the center, along with the letters “HC.” The banner photo for HoloCoin’s Twitter page has a Star of David that says “ash” around it, with a shadow in the background of the Pepe the Frog meme.
Support Jewish Journalism
with 2020 Vision
One of the most intriguing stories of the sudden Coronavirus crisis is the role of the internet. With individuals forced into home quarantine, most are turning further online for information, education and social interaction.
JNS's influence and readership are growing exponentially, and our positioning sets us apart. Most Jewish media are advocating increasingly biased progressive political and social agendas. JNS is providing more and more readers with a welcome alternative and an ideological home.
During this crisis, JNS continues working overtime. We are being relied upon to tell the story of this crisis as it affects Israel and the global Jewish community, and explain the extraordinary political developments taking place in parallel.
Our ability to thrive in 2020 and beyond depends on the generosity of committed readers and supporters. Monthly donations in particular go a long way in helping us sustain our operations. We greatly appreciate any contributions you can make during these challenging times. We thank you for your ongoing support and wish you blessings for good health and peace of mind.