Gettysburg College Trustee Quits, Apologizes For Wearing Nazi Costume In Recently-Discovered Old Yearbook Photo

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A trustee at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania recently stepped down when a photo of him wearing a Nazi uniform surfaced.

Bob Garthwait was on the board of trustees for Gettysburg College. He had donated funds to the institution, and he was one of the founders of the Garthwait Leadership Center on campus.

Now, Garthwait is a disgraced former trustee. His downfall began when a student discovered a photo from a 1980’s year book. The photo pictures a group of college-aged men at a “Hogan’s Heroes” themed fraternity party.

Two of the boys appear to be wearing Nazi uniforms. One of those young men was identified as Bob Garthwait.

It was sophomore Hannah Labovitz who identified Garthwait in the photo.

She expressed her disdain at the photograph on Tuesday.

“It wasn’t just him — it was the school that allowed this to be in the yearbook and there were zero complaints when it was allowed to be published.”

Garthwait has explained that as a sophomore in college in the ’80s, he “was not fully aware of the significance of those symbols.”

He also expressed deep remorse for his prior poor judgement and actions.

“My sincere hope is that our current students will learn from my poor judgment 38 years ago and be more thoughtful than I was about the impact of their actions on others. I extend my sincere apologies to the entire Gettysburg College community, and I humbly ask for your forgiveness.”

Many people find Garthwait’s actions to be disgraceful and unforgivable.

But others disagree. The discussion of political correctness and even racism at a deeper level has not been going on for very long. Should we be punishing individuals at today’s level of retribution for sins committed so long ago?

The college’s president, Janet Morgan Riggs stated,

“Anti-Semitism clearly contradicts our values as an institution today, as it did when this photo was taken.”


Written by B Miller

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