College trustee quits over Nazi uniform costume photo

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A Pennsylvania college trustee apologized and announced his resignation Tuesday after a student uncovered a 1980 yearbook photo in which the trustee wore a Nazi uniform costume at a fraternity party.

Gettysburg College President Janet Morgan Riggs said in an email to the college community that Bob Garthwait Jr decided to step down from the board of trustees.

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Garthwait, 58, is a financial donor to the college, which is also his alma mater, and helped found the Garthwait Leadership Center on campus.

A history student brought the photo to the attention of a faculty member last week, and the administration was contacted.

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The student newspaper, the Gettysburgian, published an image of the photo , which depicts a grinning Garthwait as a sophomore in a military uniform costume with a large swastika armband and four other people, including at least one other who also appears to be in a military costume.

They were standing next to drawings of razor wire and someone trying to climb a fence.

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The photo surfaced weeks after the disclosure of a photo on the medical school yearbook page for Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, a Democrat, that showed one person in blackface and another in Ku Klux Klan robes.

The state's attorney general, Mark Herring, then came forward to say that he had dressed in blackface in college.

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Riggs' email quotes a message from Garthwait that says he dressed as a Nazi soldier in a POW camp as part of a Hogan's Heroes TV show theme party at a fraternity.

Hogan's Heroes was a 1960s and early '70s comedy sitcom set in a Nazi POW camp during World War II.

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Garthwait, a registered Republican, said that as a college sophomore, he 'was not fully aware of the significance of...
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