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The throng of protesters who stormed the US Capitol on Wednesday included some neo-Nazis — including one man pictured wearing a “Camp Auschwitz” shirt.
The unidentified man was pictured among the hundreds of protesters who breached the building and forced Washington, DC, into a lockdown — sporting a shirt emblazoned with the name of one of the Nazi’s deadliest concentration camps during World War II.
The shirt included an image of a skull and crossbones, and had the inscription, “work brings freedom” — the German phrase, “arbeit macht frei,” that hung over the camp in German-occupied Poland, the Forward reported.
The image went viral on social media Wednesday, and sparked widespread outrage from Twitter users.
“Among the terrorists invading Capitol today was a man (left) wearing a sweatshirt saying, ‘Camp Auschwitz,’” historian Michael Beschloss posted on Twitter.
“Yeah, we’re not just throwing the word around,” another poster said. “We mean Nazis.”
Another Twitter user expressed outrage at the image.
“My great grandfather fought in WWII and I’ll gladly sign up right now to go against Nazis a second time if we need to,” he wrote.
The man was among hundreds who stormed the Capitol building following a rally by President Trump, during which he repeated claims that the presidential election won by former Vice President Joe Biden was rigged.
Congress convened to certify the electoral college vote — despite opposition from some Republican lawmakers — when the mob breached the perimeter.
It took police, bolstered by National Guard troops, to secure the building.
The building, including Congressional offices and the Senate floor, was vandalized and left with debris strewn about.
Images of the crowd show other protesters waving Confederate flags alongside US flags outside the building.
More than 1 million people were exterminated by the Nazis at Auschwitz, making it one of the most notorious concentration camp of the war.
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