An SS man murdering a mother and child in Ivangorod, Ukraine in 1942. Republican Congressional candidate Rich Iott thought re-enacting the adventures of SS men on weekends was a way to get closer to his son.
Nazis represented a "protector of personal freedom and their very way of life" for millions of Europeans, according to the fanciful website of the "Wiking" SS reenactment group to which GOP Congressional candidate Rich Iott belonged . Above, Holocaust survivors at the Ebensee concentration camp after their liberation on May 6, 1945. Unable to fit on the bunks, these victims of Nazi "freedom" slept on the floor during their confinement. (Photo from http://history1900s.about.com/library/holocaust/blphospital10.htm).
Iott left WIking in 2008. Iott insisted to the Atlantic that he did not admire Nazis and that his reenactments were motivated by a love of history. After Iott was interviewed, photos and text referring to him was scrubbed from the Wiking website. (For more, see the original Atlantic story at http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2010/10/why-is-this-gop-house-candidate-dressed-as-a-nazi/64319/)
Joe “The Plumber” Wurzelbacher is proud of Rich Iott’s endorsement because his political ally is “not actually a Nazi.” (Photo from the Talking Points Memo website at http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/02/joe-the-plumbers-campaign-rich-iott-is-not-a-nazi.php?ref=fpnewsfeed)