An Australian soccer player who dressed up as Adolf Hitler apologized for offending the Jewish community. German-born Andre Gumprecht, 33, who plays for the Central Coast Mariners, said he was devastated by his â€œbig mistake.â€ He wore the costume for an end-of-season party. â€œI’m educated, I know what happened to the Jewish people,” Gumprecht told the Daily Telegraph, noting that it had been mandatory to watch documentaries about the Holocaust at school. â€œWe saw dead people and how people starved to death. I remember half the class leaving the room vomiting,” he said. “It was shocking. â€œI would like to apologize to everyone out there who was offended by my actions and I will do whatever it takes to make it up to them.â€ Ernie Friedlander, a Holocaust survivor who works for Bâ€™nai Bâ€™rith, told Australian newspapers, “Hitler was such a monster and for a lot of people, it’s a very sensitive thing to be confronted with.â€ A statement issued by Football Federation Australia — whose chairman, Frank Lowy, survived the Holocaust in hiding — said, â€œSuch behavior is not only stupid, but is also not tolerated by the FFA.â€ It remains to be seen whether disciplinary action will be taken against Gumprecht.
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