The image of Robert Keith Packer on Capitol Hill with references to the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz alarmed the Jewish community in the United States.
Authorities in Virginia, USA, arrested this Wednesday the man who was wearing a t-shirt that read “Auschwitz Camp, work brings freedom” when he stormed the Capitol with a mob of Donald Trump supporters last week.
Robert Keith Packer, a 56-year-old resident of the City of Newport News, He was incarcerated in the Western Tidewater Regional Prison by the US Marshals Service this Wednesday at 8:53 am, according to the chain. NBC citing the records of inmates. Was charged with violent or disorderly conduct and trespassing into the US Congress building, according to court documents cited by the news agency AFP.
The image of this white man with a beard and a long-sleeved shirt with the words “Auschwitz Camp”, alluding to one of the concentration camps run by the Nazis during the Holocaust, was one of the most striking photographs of the insurrection. in the United States Capitol.
Packer’s garment also includes the words “Work brings freedom,” in apparent reference to the German phrase “Arbeit macht frei,” which was found on posters at the gates of Auschwitz and other death camps.
The Norfolk FBI said that Another suspect in the Jan.6 attack on the Capitol, Douglas Allen Sweet, of Grimstead, Virginia, was also arrested Wednesday.
Robert Keith Packer poses for a backup photo after being arrested on a federal warrant, at the Western Tidewater Regional Jail in Suffolk, Virginia, on January 13, 2021 (REUTERS)
The presence of anti-Semitic symbols and sentiments in the Capitol revolt triggered the alarms among American Jews and experts who track discrimination and see it as part of a constant and disturbing trend. As the threat of further chaos persisted in Washington and state capitals prior to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, they called for a more vigorous rejection of the conspiracy and falsehood-based worldviews displayed among the crowd.
The insurrection was not “so much a turning point” for anti-Semitism, but rather “the latest explicit example of how (is) part of what animates the narratives of extremists in this country,” said Oren Segal, vice president of the Center. of the Extremism of the Anti-Defamation League.
On Tuesday, the Miller Center for Community Protection and Resistance at Rutgers University-New Brunswick and the Network Contagion Research Institute released a report that identified at least half a dozen neo-Nazi or white supremacist groups involved in the insurrection.
As a result of the insurrection, which left five people dead including a Capitol Police officer, two online stores that had allowed the creation and sale of “Auschwitz Camp” t-shirts removed them from their sites.
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