In at least two separate incidents on Halloween, costume-wearers were seen wearing Nazi regalia, in a clear display of antisemitism.
In New York City, a man walked into a bar in full Nazi costume and was ordered to leave by staff and patrons. In a video of the incident, customers can be heard telling the man, “What is wrong with you?” “Get out of here,” and telling him to leave “for your own safety.”
Someone came to @UWMadison dressed up as Hitler for Halloween. Genocide is not an accessory.
Get another costume. pic.twitter.com/fzqwSX9DZM
— Jewish on Campus (@JewishonCampus_) October 31, 2022
Responding to this incident, the Anti-Defamation League said it was “extremely disturbed”, and added, “This costume trivializes the Holocaust and is especially harmful during a time of increasing antisemitic incidents.”
Another Halloween-goer was dressed as Adolf Hitler in Madison, Wisconsin, near the city’s public university. In response, the University of Wisconsin Hillel Foundation, the university’s Chabad center, and the ADL called the incident “disturbing.”
“The glorification of hate, fascism and antisemitism is disgusting,” Hillel said.
In response to both the incidents and dressing up in Nazi costumes in general, The US Holocaust Museum said Monday, “It’s never ok to dress up as a Nazi.”
“As dangerous antisemitic incidents continue to rise, it is deeply disturbing to see reports of people glorifying this history by wearing Nazi costumes,” the museum said.