Ms. magazine  -- more than a magazine a movement

SIGN UP FOR MS. DIGEST, JOBS, NEWS AND ALERTS

FEMINIST WIRE NEWSBRIEFS

ABOUT
SEE CURRENT ISSUE
SHOP MS. STORE
MS. IN THE CLASSROOM
FEMINIST DAILY WIRE
FEMINIST RESOURCES
PRESS
JOBS AT MS.
READ BACK ISSUES
CONTACT
RSS (XML)
 
feminist wire | daily newsbriefs

October-13-10

OH Congressional Candidate Iott Involved in Nazi Re-enactments

Congressional candidate Rich Iott, a Republican running in Ohio's ninth district, has recently faced criticism after photographs surfaced of him dressed in a Nazi uniform sometime in the mid-2000s. According to the Atlantic, Iott is a former member of a group called Wiking that participates in Nazi re-enactments. The group's website states that it is "a nonprofit, nonpolitical organization dedicated to the preservation of the history of WW II and the lifestyle of the German combat soldier (specifically Waffen-SS foreign volunteers)," according to the New York Times.

According to the Atlantic, Iott's name first appears on the organization's roster in 2003. He was involved with the group under the alias "Richard Pferdmann," in order to "get into the persona of the time period...create this person largely based on a Germanized version of their name." Iott has expressed admiration for the military successes of the Nazis during World War II, stating, "I've always been fascinated by the fact that here was a relatively small country that from a strictly military point of view accomplished incredible things," reported Atlantic.

In his congressional race, Iott faces incumbent Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D), who has condemned the pictures. Kaptur spokesman Steve Foster told the Toledo Blade, "The Waffen SS was found to be a criminal organization...At a minimum, it calls into question [Iott's] judgment." According to Politico, House Minority Whip Republican Eric Cantor (R-VA) also condemned Iott's involvement.

Iott's campaign has refused to apologize for the photographs. "Rich Iott is not a Nazi," his campaign spokesman Matt Parker told the Toledo Blade. "He's not going to apologize for being involved in historical re-enactments."

Media Resources: Atlantic 10/8/10; New York Times 10/11/10; Toledo Blade 10/10/10; Politico 10/12/10


© Feminist Majority Foundation, publisher of Ms. magazine

If you liked this story, consider making a tax-deductible donation to support Ms. magazine.

 

 

Send to a Friend
Their
Your
Comments
(optional)


More Feminist News

5/27/2015 California Passes Reproductive FACT Act - The California State Assembly passed the Reproductive Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care and Transparency (FACT) Act yesterday. AB 775, or the FACT Act, passed 48-25 in a vote, and requires that unlicensed facilities in California that provide pregnancy-related services disclose that they are not licensed medical providers. . . .
 
5/26/2015 Ireland Votes Overwhelmingly to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage - Over the weekend, the people of Ireland voted overwhelmingly to pass a national referendum legalizing same-sex marriage. Ireland became the first country in the world to pass marriage equality through popular vote on Friday. . . .
 
5/26/2015 Maryland Governor Will Not Veto LGBT Rights Bills - Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (R) has announced that he will not veto two pieces of legislation protecting LGBT rights passed by the state legislature in March, meaning they will soon become law. The Maryland General Assembly passed SB 743 / HB 862 and SB 416 / HB 838 by wide margins and with bipartisan support on March 24, after which both were sent to the Governor's desk. . . .