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Dad Surprised By Backlash Over Father-Son Nazi Halloween Costumes

A Kentucky man dressed him and his son up in Nazi costumes for a trick-or-treating event Thursday, drumming up outrage online, WEHT reported.

A picture was posted online of Bryant Goldbach dressed as a Nazi soldier and his young son as Adolf Hitler during the city of Owensboro’s Trail of Treats event. Goldbach, who said he regrets the decision, claims that his intention was to dress as historical figures, according to the NBC affiliate.

“Anyone who knows us knows that we love history and often dress the part of historical figures,” he wrote on Facebook.

Goldbach apologized, insisting that he didn’t foresee the controversy.

“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,” he said. “I thought it was a bad decision on my part.”

Goldbach was in a Nazi officer’s uniform, and dressed the boy in a suit, swastika armband and a Hitler-style mustache, reported. He said he and his son were victims of disparaging comments and threats at the event.

“Tonight grown adults threatened a child over his costume,” Goldbach continued on his social media post. “Threatened to rip his outfit off of him, screaming obscenities, scaring a small child.”

Alyssa Fisher is a news writer at the Forward. Email her at




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