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I saw this tweet on Twitter (it’s been self deleted by its author since it was first posted here, but add Wayback Machine link for reference) and am a bit skeptical about the claims made it—and implied—by it. Images from the tweet below; text from the Dan Hett who posted it on Twitter is here:

“this poor guy dressed himself and his kids as historical figures for halloween and got a load abuse. unbelievable, the costumes can't be that ba.... okay never mind”

First, while I believe the photo of the adult man and some children is a real photo, was this photo actually taken in 2018 during a Halloween celebration? Where did it come from? Additionally, a screenshot of supposed claims of violence made against the man and the children are made. But did this all actually happen? It seems like the claims allude to this happening in the U.S., but the avatar for the screenshot of the complain clearly shows a German flag.

Did this man dress up as a Nazi and dress up his child as Adolf Hitler for Halloween in 2018 and have he—and the children he was with—physically threatened by strangers?

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Text claiming to be from the adult dressed as a Nazi in the picture

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    “Trail of treats” seems suspiciously similar to “trail of tears”. I suspect trolling in the quoted FB post.
    – Golden Cuy
    Commented Oct 27, 2018 at 2:45
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    @AndrewGrimm: Seems to be a real thing, based on a pun. e.g. facebook.com/events/297109091068959
    – Oddthinking
    Commented Oct 27, 2018 at 5:41
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    This claim seems to involve someone who has no other claim to fame. It's not like he's a member of a royal family or an analyst in Human Rights Watch who investigated Israel. The claim is about some random member of the public. Is a random member of the public and his family wearing such costumes a notable claim? Or should we let it go?
    – Golden Cuy
    Commented Oct 27, 2018 at 22:49
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    The rant against the "Tolerant Left" in the last sentence of the tweet makes me wonder whether the costumes were a genuine Halloween idea or a political provocation using children.
    – Evargalo
    Commented Oct 29, 2018 at 10:18
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    So Mr. Goldbach has a history of posting extreme anti-liberal thoughts, overtly racist thoughts and images, and anti-Semitic stuff. Considering that his "story" is only told through his version, perfectly fits his worldview, and reads like something straight out of "/r/ThatHappened", it's going to be hard to prove that this did or didn't happen. It is notable that he has since come out and apologized for dressing as an SS officer and dressing his son up as Hitler. The problem is that there are a number of possibilities here and no way to confirm any of them to be true without video proof.
    – DenisS
    Commented Oct 30, 2018 at 17:39

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A Kentucky news station interviewed Bryant Goldbach, who apologized for the costumes. I don't know if it's true or not that they were threatened over the costume, but other interviews conducted by the station made it pretty clear that people weren't happy about the costumes at all.

This happened at the 2018 Owensboro, KY Trail of Treats.

Goldbach also provided this photo:

Bryant Goldbach dressed as a Nazi with his son at the 2018 Owensboro, KY Trail of Treats

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    Perhaps a reference to the father's thinking that, because it was a historical figure, he says he was surprised that people took offense, would flesh out the events a bit more. Commented Oct 29, 2018 at 21:26
  • @PoloHoleSet: Or it could lend undue weight to a pretty poor argument?
    – DevSolar
    Commented Oct 30, 2018 at 7:02
  • @DevSolar - I don't have a huge problem believing that someone is either so sheltered/isolated/ignorant or is immersed enough in their own racism that they genuinely thought of it as "just" a historical theme. Now, if you're looking for a justification or excuse to make it not offensive, yeah, that's weak. If you're looking for whether this guy set out to intentionally offend most of the society he lives in, I can believe he wasn't doing it as a big "F U." But, that is his claim, he did immediately apologize for it, so I think that's part of the content for a more complete picture of events. Commented Nov 1, 2018 at 15:47

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