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Press Information published by the International Auschwitz Committee


On the arrest of Robert Keith Packer in the USA: Nazi scene glorifies Auschwitz with increasing openness and aggression

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In Berlin the Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, Christoph Heubner, commented on the arrest of the American Robert Keith Packer, who took part in the storming of the Capitol in Washington wearing an Auschwitz T-shirt:

"Auschwitz survivors around the globe are very relieved by the arrest of Robert Keith Packer, who over recent days has gained questionable notoriety with his repulsive Auschwitz T-shirt at the storming of the Capitol. He has become a symbol of a scene that is glorifying Auschwitz with increasing openness and aggression and is propagating a repetition of Auschwitz. Auschwitz survivors find this horrifying and outrageous, just a few days before the memorial ceremonies marking the liberation of Auschwitz and International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The fact that manufacturers and labels can still market such T-shirts for their commercial interests is just as disconcerting as the fact that Nazis around the world have now moved from denying Auschwitz to glorifying this site of industrialized murder. Nevertheless, Holocaust survivors always feel it is important to stress that these people’s anti-Semitic hatred and fantasies of violence are directed not simply against them but also against democracy and all democrats."


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Christoph Heubner

Executive Vice President
International Auschwitz Committee
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