NEW YORK (CBSNew York) – An anti-Semitic sweatshirt worn by a man during the U.S. Capitol riot last week sparks outrage.
The website selling the propaganda has an address in New York City and on Sunday night thousands of people called for it to shut down, CBS2’s Lisa Rozner reported.
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The viral photo of a man on Capitol Hill wearing a ‘Camp Auschwitz’ hoodie that reads ‘Work Brings Freedom’ sparked rage around the world by shedding light on the horrors of the infamous Nazi concentration camp.
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“We are all a living remnant of this historic crime, whether it is direct knowledge or indirect knowledge and it is something that many of us still feel very close to,” said Fersko.
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And the propaganda appears to be coming from New York City, where City Councilor Chaim Deutsch says there are over a million Jews.
He urged people to email TeeHands.com, which sold him under the “Trendy T-shirt” category.
Deutsch posted on Facebook: “As the son of a man who survived Auschwitz… I am disgusted.
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The website listed an address at 85th Street and Second Avenue. City councilor Ben Kallos represents the neighborhood and believes he has been evicted from a resident’s apartment.
“The Upper East Side is the neighborhood that welcomed my grandparents when they fled anti-Semitism in Europe. They welcomed my wife, who fled anti-Semitism in Russia, ”Kallos said. “It’s infuriating to think that the Nazis were selling anti-Semitic propaganda, hiding in plain sight. “
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On Saturday, those specific pieces of clothing were taken off the website, but until Sunday afternoon, the virtual storefront was selling other hate speech items.
Another trendy shirt was the one that read “6MWE”, meaning “6 million was not enough”, suggesting that more Jews should have been murdered during the Holocaust.
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Early Sunday evening, the entire website stopped functioning because a petition against it garnered thousands of signatures.
But the message he sent cannot be ignored.
“Holocaust education in our country is at a devastating level. Only 16 states nationally require holocaust education and if it’s not curriculum, if it’s not mandatory, people won’t know, ”Fersko said.
City Councilor Kallos said he would contact the board of directors of the building where the website could operate and see if the perpetrator can be educated.
It is not known if the website was taken down for good or who is behind it. The email requesting comment from CBS2 was not returned.
Lisa Rozner of CBS2 contributed to this report
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