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Father dresses son as Hitler for Halloween, then later apologizes after receiving backlash from social media

A Kentucky man is receiving backlash after photos emerged of him and his son wearing Nazi consumes for Halloween.

The photo was taken on Thursday at a trick or treat event in Owensboro, Kentucky and shows Bryan Goldbach dressed as a Nazi soldier and his son as Adolf Hitler. After posting the photo on social media, Goldbach received extensive criticism over the costume being in poor taste.

While he may have meant no ill will, the tension surrounding anti-Semitism is understandable considering the recent events in Pittsburgh. Eleven people were killed by an anti-Semitic gunman at a local Synagogue on Saturday.

Goldbach claimed that he chose the uniforms because he loved portraying historical figures. After seeing the negative response from users on Facebook, he insisted that he never imagined his choice would be so controversial. He has since apologized and expressed regret over his decision.

“I wasn’t trying to make a statement or put my son in any position,” Goldbach said. “It was bad judgement. I want people to know I am sorry.”

“I think it was in bad taste for me to let my child wear that, probably for me to wear that. It didn’t occur to me. I thought it was a bad decision on my part,” ABC-affiliate WEHT Eyewitness News reported him saying.

Gay Mazo, a rabbi at the Adath B’nai Israel Synagogue, said in a statement that people should think twice before choosing Halloween costumes that could potentially be offensive.

“The fact that the father apologized is important; the fact he did not know the costumes would be offensive is a very sad reflection on our society. A good rule of thumb would be: ‘if your costume calls to mind an event where millions were killed, choose another costume.”

“As we are learning through Megyn Kelly’s words as well, costumes where someone dresses up deliberately to mock someone’s race, religion or nationality should be avoided,” he said. “If the purpose of Halloween is to have fun—bigotry, anti-Semitism and racism are not fun. That should be common sense. This is not being “politically correct” this is simply being respectful, understanding and kind.”

Although Goldbach was apologetic, he was critical of the hate he and his son received for their costumes. In particular, he was infuriated by the threats against his young child, saying it was completely unwarranted for an innocent mistake.

“We saw people dressed as murderers, devils, serial killers, blood and gore of all sorts,” he wrote in a Facebook post. “Nobody batted an eye. But my little boy and I, dress as historical figures, and it merits people not only making snide remarks, but approaching us and threatening my little 5-year-old boy. Yes, liberalism is alive and well. And we had the displeasure of dealing with the fruits of the so called “Tolerant Left.”