Find out what led to photo in Baraboo -- Chuck Litweiler

November 16, 2018

I was struck by how very few of the Baraboo High School students in the controversial photograph from last spring’s prom were engaged in anything resembling a Nazi salute.

I have no idea their motivations. I’m sure their motivations will be thoroughly plumbed. I don’t think it is fair to them to publicly shame them unless we know more. It could be that it was a bad joke, perhaps inspired by watching too many episodes of “Hogan’s Heroes.”

The Nazis were not buffoons. They were a racist and efficient killing machine. There is no question that the current generation should be reminded of that.

Chuck Litweiler, Madison

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