Leaflets dropped in Dunedin letterboxes promoting anti-Semitic material are an insult to Holocaust survivors, the New Zealand Jewish Council says.

The handwritten, photocopied leaflet encouraged residents to download a book that denies the Holocaust.

It appeared in letterboxes in Opoho on Wednesday.

Evans St resident Allie Cunninghame said she searched the name of the author and was “furious and also deeply shocked” to discover the leaflet promoted a book by a Holocaust denier.

“I want everyone in our neighbourhood [and] New Zealand to know that they are welcome and can be safe here.”

“We don’t want these people to get any publicity for their dreadful book.”

The Otago Daily Times has chosen not to name the book or its author.

New Zealand Jewish Council spokeswoman Juliet Moses said the leaflets were an insult to survivors of the Holocaust, in which six million Jews, along with Soviet prisoners of war, ethnic Poles, Roma, gay men, political opponents of the Nazis, and disabled people, were murdered by Nazi Germany and its collaborators.

Read the full article on the Otago Daily Times website.