Man with learning problems fired after Halloween costume ‘meant to mock Hitler’

Halloween has come and gone, and we’ve looked back on some of people’s strangest, sexiest and downright silliest costumes.

But one misguided bloke has lost his job at a children’s museum after turning up to a Halloween party dressed as Adolf Hitler – complete with an authentic hairstyle and toothbrush moustache.

And he was sacked from his job at a children's museum the following morning.

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Madison Children’s Museum, in Wisconsin, issued a statement on Tuesday night saying: “The organisation has determined that his continued employment would create an environment at odds with our values and unwelcoming to visitors and staff."

A community centre serving some 4,000 local Jewish students at the University of Wisconsin also issued a condemnation of the ill-advised, if uncannily accurate horror costume.

“The glorification of hate, fascism and antisemitism is disgusting and an assault on the memories of all those who died in World War II and in the Holocaust; our community cannot stand for this behaviour,” the organisation said.

Anti-Nazi action group Stop Antisemitism had posted a picture of the shocking costume, writing: "We are nauseated to see a man has dressed up as Adolf Hitler to celebrate Halloween at the U. Wisconsin Madison.

”With antisemitic incidents on the rise at both this particular school and across the country, this costume was meant to do one thing, and one thing only – spread hate."

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That may not have been the hapless employee’s intention.

According to statements from the children’s museum and Madison police, the man concerned has learning disabilities.

“His work with the museum over the past 10 years has been closely supervised, coached, and supported," said the museum.

“It is our understanding that he believed his costume to be mocking Hitler.”

Nevertheless, they said, he was out of a job, adding: “We stand against antisemitism and all forms of bigotry and discrimination.”

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Local police said they had received “a variety of reports” about the costume, but although it was “offensive and reprehensible,” wearing it did not in itself constitute a criminal offence.

Madison police officers say they have talked to him about his conduct and informed him of “the issues that he caused in our community”.

The man’s mother told the Wisconsin State Journal on Tuesday that she’s grateful for the clarifications issued by the Madison Children’s Museum and Madison Police Department.

The now-unemployed museum worker wasn't the only person to make a Nazi mistake at Halloween. A video of a man dressed in Nazi regalia being thrown out of a New York bar went viral earlier this week.


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