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A dad who dressed his son up as Adolf Hitler for Halloween has been forced to apologise after receiving a torrent of abuse.
In a picture posted online, Bryant Goldach is stood beside his son and daughter, dressed in a Nazi soldier's uniform, complete with a swastika.
According to reports, the dad from Kentucky tried to justify his decision to dress his child up as the Nazi leader, and criticised those who 'threatened' him and his son at a local trick or treat event on Thursday.
He wrote: "Tonight grown adults threatened a child over his costume. Threatened his mom and dad as well. Threatened to rip his outfit off of him screaming obscenities, scareing (sic) a small child.
"Anyone who knows us knows that we love history, and often dress the part of historical figures,' he wrote in a post that has since been deleted.
"Tonight as we walked we saw people dressed as murderers, devils, serial killers, blood and gore of all sorts. Nobody batted an eye. But my little (son) and I, dress as historical figures, and it merits people not only making snide remarks, but approaching us and threatening my little 5-year-old boy,' he wrote in the tone deaf posting.
"First off, its none of your business. Second, how dare you! I mean How dare you threaten a child. Me, its one thing, but my child? You are messing with fire."
It wasn't long until the controversial photograph and post went viral, and surprisingly people didn't take the costume in the way Brant was hoping.
Twitter user Dan Hett wrote: "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."
Lila Miranda wrote on Twitter: "Bryant Goldbach pretending he's not a white supremacist but a history buff LOL Owensboro man's Nazi costume sparks criticism onlin."
Claiming to be Bryant's sister, TeYowna B. Goldbach, defended Bryant's decision. She wrote: "1. I love the Jews. Whomever hates the Jews is an enemy of God. 2. Only those who accept Jesus Christ as their Lord & Savior, admitting that they are sinners and asking for forgiveness, will be saved from eternal hellfire. 3. I am a Goldbach Bryant Goldbach's sister."
However, Bryant was forced to remove the tweet however, after he said: "All I learned from it was that twitter is full of Nazi apologists and idiots who can't differentiate between dressing as a spooky ghost and dressing as a literal Nazi and drawing a Hitler moustache on a child."
The jewelry store owner has since apologised for the choice of fancy dress and admitted it was in 'bad taste'.
He said: "I think it was in bad taste for me to let my child to wear that, probably for me to wear that. It didn't occur to me. I thought it was a bad decision on my part."
Rabbi Gary Mazo of Temple Adath B'nai Israel in nearby Evansville, Indiana, said anti-Semitism should not have a place in Halloween festivities.
He said: "The fact that the father apologised is important; the fact he did not know the costumes would be offensive is a very sad reflection on our society. A good rule of thumb would be: If your costume calls to mind an event where millions were killed, choose another costume."