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Wisconsin museum fires employee who wore Hitler’s Halloween costume

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Madison Children’s Museum has fired a cognitively impaired Wisconsin man after he wore an Adolf Hitler costume over Halloween weekend.

The museum said the man believed he was mocking the Nazi Party leader when he wore the costume on a busy street near the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus on Saturday. He was fired on Tuesday night, after his suit was condemned on social media and by some outlets, including the Jerusalem Post.

The museum said in a statement that it fired the man after it “determined that his continued employment would create an environment contrary to our values ​​and unwelcoming to visitors and staff.” The statement said the man’s costume is “completely unacceptable” and that the museum stands against anti-Semitism, bigotry and discrimination.

The museum also said the man suffered from cognitive impairment due to a traumatic brain injury and that his work over the past decade had been supervised.

“We understand he believed his costume was making fun of Hitler,” the statement read.

The Madison Police Department called the costume “offensive and objectionable” but said wearing it was not a crime. Police said they told the man about concerns about his costume.

The man’s mother told the Wisconsin State Journal that her family wanted confidentiality as she worked with professionals on “this sensitive matter”.

Museum president and CEO Deborah Gilpin did not immediately return a message from The Associated Press seeking further comment on Wednesday.

StopAntisemitism, a group that documents anti-Semitic acts, tweeted that the man’s suit was “smelly”. UW Hillel, an organization that supports more than 4,000 Jewish college students, also denounced the suit, saying “our community cannot tolerate this behavior.”



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