The official Auschwitz Memorial and Museum fact-checked an MSNBC guest for his inaccurate comments Friday evening comparing Russian President Vladimir Putin and genocidal German dictator Adolph Hitler.
Former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul was interviewed on "The Rachel Maddow Show" about the violent invasion of Ukraine by Putin's administration.
McFaul falsely claimed to stand-in host Ali Velshi that Putin was showing increased aggression compared to Hitler because the Russian dictator is killing his own people.
"One of the Russian journalists said, 'You know, there's one difference between Hitler, when he was coming in, and Putin. Hitler didn't kill ethnic Germans. He didn't kill German-speaking people," McFaul told Velshi.
"I think people need to remember that we're talking about cities like Kharkiv and Mariupol and Kyiv. There are large populations there, you know, up to a third and sometimes as much to a half that are Russian speakers and are ethnic Russians. And yet Putin doesn't seem to care about that. He slaughters the very people he said he has come to liberate," McFaul said.
The Auschwitz Memorial pushed back on McFaul's statements Saturday on social media.
"On a factual note: Hitler did kill ethnic Germans & German-speaking people: those who opposed the Nazi regime, those who resisted, those who did not fit into the ‘Weltanschauung,'" the Auschwitz Memorial account replied to McFaul on Twitter after the interview.
"He ordered the murder of people with different disabilities & finally the murder of German Jewry," the tweet added.
The former ambassador and Stanford University professor also highlighted "interesting" remarks a commentator made on Ukrainian television about "how horrific" the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine has been.
Fox News' Joseph A. Wulfsohn contributed to this report.