A father from Kentucky has been forced to apologize after he dressed his son up as Adolf Hitler while he wore the costume of a Nazi soldier for a family photo to celebrate Halloween.
Brant Goldbach says that he regrets dressing his five-year-old son as the German demagogue for the family photo and initially attempted to justify the idea saying his son loved dressing as ‘historical figures’
Goldbach posted photos of the Halloween costumes during a local trick or treat event on Thursday and condemned those who approached and threatened him and his son during the party.
Bryant Goldbach took to Facebook to vent after he and his family attended the Trail of Treats in Owensboro Thursday night. He posted a photograph of himself and his son in which he wore what appeared to be a Nazi officer’s uniform, and the boy wore a suit, swastika armband and Hitler-style mustache.
Bryant Goldbach took to Facebook to vent after he posted a photograph of himself and his son in which he wore what appeared to be a Nazi officer’s uniform
‘Tonight grown adults threatened a child over his costume. Threatened his mom and dad as well,’ Goldbach wrote. ‘Threatened to rip his outfit off of him screaming obscenities, scareing (sic) a small child.
‘Anyone who knows us knows that we love history, and often dress the part of historical figures,’ he wrote in a post that has since been deleted.
‘Tonight as we walked we saw people dressed as murderers, devils, serial killers, blood and gore of all sorts. Nobody batted an eye. But my little (son) and I, dress as historical figures, and it merits people not only making snide remarks, but approaching us and threatening my little 5-year-old boy,’ he wrote in the tone deaf posting.
‘First off, its none of your business. Second, how dare you! I mean How dare you threaten a child. Me, its one thing, but my child? You are messing with fire.’
The posting soon went viral and the family quickly found that people were not at all impressed with Goldbach’s costume choice with countless posting online to berate the father.
‘This poor guy dressed himself and his kids as historical figures for halloween and got a load abuse. unbelievable, the costumes can’t be that ba…. okay never mind,’ Twitter user Dan Hett joked.
Goldback appears to be a fan of the German regime with a picture of Berlin on his Facebook
‘Tonight grown adults threatened a child over his costume. Threatened his mom and dad as well,’ Goldbach wrote. ‘Threatened to rip his outfit off of him screaming obscenities, scareing (sic) a small child.’
‘While I’m not saying it was a good idea he kind of has a point, most costumes are of well known killers whether fictional or historical figure, why is dressing as one of the most prolific murderers so frowned upon?’ @announcer_stef asked.
Because it’s not just history, it’s ideology, a sadly vivid one, that throws back to a very dark chapter of humankind history. There’s a difference between killing and genocide, dressing up as a nazi reminds you of the latter,’ added @sup_johnny.
Goldbach was publicly shamed as a ‘child abuser,’ ‘racist,’ and ‘coward’ on Facebook, Reddit, and Twitter.
Following the backlash, Goldbach who runs a jewelry store later apologized for his actions claiming he ‘didnt realize the costume would ‘stir so much controversy.’
Goldbach attempted to justify his costume choice by stating he really ‘loved’ history
He then admitted he hadn’t thought the costume through and conceded it was in ‘bad taste.’
‘I think it was in bad taste for me to let my child to wear that, probably for me to wear that. It didn’t occur to me. I thought it was a bad decision on my part,’ he said.
Rabbi Gary Mazo of Temple Adath B’nai Israel in nearby Evansville, Indiana, said in a statement that anti-Semitism should not have a place in Halloween festivities.
‘The fact that the father apologized is important; the fact he did not know the costumes would be offensive is a very sad reflection on our society. A good rule of thumb would be: If your costume calls to mind an event where millions were killed, choose another costume,’ Mazo said.