An unidentified man wearing a sweatshirt reading “Camp Auschwitz” was among the violent mob that entered the U.S. Capitol Wednesday after a series of rallies that involved antisemitic conspiracy theories.
The man was visible in video stills from inside the Capitol, including a report from ITV, a British television channel. He was wearing what appeared to be a hooded sweatshirt with “Camp Auschwitz” printed above an image of a skull and crossbones, with the phrase “work brings freedom” printed below.
The phrase is a translation of “arbeit macht frei,” a slogan that appeared above the entrance of the Auschwitz concentration camp.
The offensive outerwear was perhaps the most overt sign of antisemitism during the violent demonstration this afternoon, which came after a day and a half of inflammatory rallies promoting the false claim that the Democrats stole the November election from Presidential Donald Trump.
Several notorious white supremacists attended the rally outside the Capitol and were among those who broke through police lines to enter the building.
Arno Rosenfeld is a staff writer at the Forward. Follow him on Twitter @arnorosenfeld or email firstname.lastname@example.org.