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Toledo, OH - Jewish Voters Upset at GOP House Candidate for Dressing as a Nazi

Published on: October 9, 2010 09:01 PM
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Rich Iott, second from right, in a Nazi SS Waffen uniform.Rich Iott, second from right, in a Nazi SS Waffen uniform.

Toledo, OH - A report says a Republican candidate for the U.S. House in Ohio dressed up in a German SS uniform to participate in Nazi reenactments.

The Atlantic magazine  says Rich Iott, a tea party favorite in northwest Ohio, has taken part in the reenactments for years.


Iott is running in Ohio’s 9th District against Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur, who was first elected in 1982.

Iott says he didn’t mean to disrespect anyone who has served in the military. He says he’s been involved with historical reenactments from different eras since he graduated college.

The Democrats’ House campaign arm says Iott’s participation in the reenactments — and the fact that Republicans embrace Iott — sends a chilling message to Americans.

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 Oct 09, 2010 at 09:08 PM Anonymous Says:

This hyper-sensitivity to Nazi era reenactments is silly. There are Afro-Americans who dress up as Confederate soldiers in reenactments of Civil war battles and no one kvetches about it.


 Oct 09, 2010 at 09:46 PM Anonymous Says:

please don't compare Confederatwes to Nazis YM"S- and anyone who sympathizes with Nazism YM"S should not be voted in to American office.


 Oct 09, 2010 at 09:59 PM charliehall Says:


Every Jew should be sensitive to anything that makes Nazis look anything other than what they actually were: Mass murderers of our people.


 Oct 09, 2010 at 10:13 PM harvey Says:

tasteless joke


 Oct 09, 2010 at 10:40 PM TorasMosheEmess Says:

As if Jews would otherwise vote GOP anyway


 Oct 09, 2010 at 10:43 PM Reb Yid Says:

It's a historical re-enactment, like a play. If someone portrays a German soldier in a play, that's a problem? And he's got his arm around the guy playing the British airman--do you think any of them care which character they're playing? They're history buffs.


 Oct 09, 2010 at 10:52 PM enlightened-yid Says:

I'm surprised the Democratic machine hasn't called ADL to make noise about this yet. Cry me river tears but I find it absolutely nothing wrong when people participate in historical reenactments. There are dozens of such yearly reenactment events across the U.S. Nazis had a great impact in 20th century even if they were evil. Historical societies can't pick and chose what they will role play because that defeats the purpose. Someone has to play the good guy and the bad guys to make these reenactments historically ACCURATE. In Russia there are WWII historical societies who play out yearly battles to commemorate the events. Some Russians dress up in Red Army uniforms and some have to dress up in Nazi uniforms even if they hate what Germans did to their people. It doesn't mean these people are Nazi lovers.


 Oct 09, 2010 at 10:55 PM bigwheeel Says:

I agree with Poster # 3 (Charliehall). So, Mr. Rich Lott is (and his admirers) conveying a message that they truly abhor what the nazis (yms"h) stood for. That little and insignificant act of dressing up (And proudly being photographed) in the nazi uniform shouldn't reflect on their personal opinion. And we, the Jews can still confidently vote for him and hope he'll represent our interests in Congress.


 Oct 09, 2010 at 11:30 PM yaakov321 Says:

Historical "reenactments" are one thing. Posing for photographs smiling in a Nazi Apparel is another. If you are starring in a movie thats great. I would like to see historic reenactments that better our understanding of human issues.
I don't see this photo as a horrible deed, but you must realize that it is not a battlefield photo and meerly a "I'm proud of what we did" photo. So guess what guys, see it for what it is and vote accordingly.


 Oct 10, 2010 at 12:04 AM Anonymous Says:

In the rest of America (outside of the Tristate), reenactments are a big thing! Medieval times and civil war are most well known, but players act on both side good and evil. It is about history and there are good and bad sides and both parts are played... after the battle is lost and won everyone goes out for a beer! Thats entertainment and culture for those living in the land of the corn field. For folks in middle America its as close as you get to Broadway :)


 Oct 10, 2010 at 01:22 AM elchonon Says:

I agree with #11 and think charliehall is wrong yet again!

This is liberal trash bordering on childish insanity and plain out slander

There are no swastika armbands... That's pretty vocal

P.s. In jewish camp plays we dressed up as nazi guards, am I a anti semite?

You meshugoyim liberals are worse than pat buchanan

Also FDR was a nazi bc he didn't bomb aushwitz feh


 Oct 10, 2010 at 01:34 AM cowfy Says:

we are certainly sensitive about having 6 million sent on in kiddush hashem.the goim do not have this sensitivity.can we once and for all stop trying to induce or own problems into the goiims mentality.i've said this many times before.we can't afford to pick our friends or enimies.they pick us.we must consider our own survival.


 Oct 10, 2010 at 06:03 AM Daniel_in_the_Forest Says:

A history of the 5th SS Panzer Division Wiking may be found at Wikipedia and what a surprise, it includes the torture and murder of Jews.
The reenactment group also has a web site and another surprise, the membership roster is overwhelmingly German surnames.
Unlike history wherein people are born into a culture or nation or are swept into events reenactors CHOOSE their sides. Any person who chooses to be in the SS when they could have chosen to be in the American Army should be suspect.


 Oct 10, 2010 at 07:58 AM edgreenberg Says:

You can't play cowboys and indians without indians. If you want to re-enact WW2, somebody has to play the bad guys.

Further, if you do re-enact the event, the participants are pleased with each other, and will naturally take a smiling picture. Note that one of the participants in the photo is in Scottish kilt. Obviously he was on the other side of the engagement.

One rule. Do not do this if you plan to run for office :)


 Oct 10, 2010 at 09:09 AM Butterfly Says:

He is not an actor! He is runnin g for public office and there is a big difference!! He has to draw the line someplace. He did not!!


 Oct 10, 2010 at 02:14 PM charliehall Says:


The Daily News is now reporting that Rep. Eric Cantor has denounced Iott. Do you think he is an insane liberal and guilty of slander?


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