According to CNN, it was identified that Aman, who wore the “Camp Auschwitz” t-shirt in photos during the US Capitol siege, was 56-year-old Robert Keith Packer from Newport News, Virginia.
The shirt refers to the largest concentration camp where 1.5 to 1.5 million people died. On the shirt is also the phrase “Labor brings freedom”, a rough translation of the “Arbeitmacht frei” message that Jewish prisoners saw while entering the camp in southern Poland. The back of the shirt read “Scepter”, according to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.
A rioter who stormed the US Capitol Wednesday wearing a sweatshirt emblazoned with the phrase “Camp Auschwitz” has been identified as Robert Keith Packer of Virginia. https://t.co/Z7YK4gMll6
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) January 10, 2021
Three sources spoke to CNN when they identified Packer as the “Camp Auschwitz” hoodie in the US Capitol. Citing the sensitivity of the subject, they refused to be identified.
A resident of Virginia said CNN Packer has a history of extremism.
“He was always excessive and loud about his beliefs,” he said.
Another person who said he knew Packer described him as “invincible.” This person said that Packer spoke of disappointments with the government, but did not recall any talk about President Donald Trump or allegations of voter fraud.
Packer had previously worked as a welder and pipefitter, another source told the news outlet.
Almost physically sick at the sight of this guy in a “Camp Auschwitz” sweatshirt. Today he is walking free, after entering the Capitol to overturn a democratic vote, being allowed to leave without sanction or arrest, and being told “We love you” by the President… pic.twitter.com/A3bR4rTSGE
— Dave Haslam (@Mr_Dave_Haslam) January 7, 2021
One person wrote on Twitter about his reaction to seeing the shirt.
“Camp Auschwitz” was almost physically sick when he saw this man in a sweatshirt, “he wrote.” Today, after entering the Capitol, breaking a democratic vote, being allowed to leave without sanction or arrest, and saying “We love you” by the President freely. walking …
Firms distributing special products such as T-shirts, hooded sweatshirts and other products were distributing products with the message “Camp Auschwitz”. According to Newsweek, at least one company, TeeChip, responded to the complaints and said its products were removed from the site and “deprecated for content” January 7, 2021. The company provides a platform that allows designers to sell exclusive products online, according to the website. It was unclear whether Packer purchased the shirt from TeeChip or another company that sells the shirts.
Medical historian and television host Dr. Lindsey Fitzharris attacked TeeChip on Twitter for selling the product. They then informed him that the products had been removed.
— Lindsey Fitzharris (@DrLindseyFitz) January 7, 2021
“Hi Lindsey, @AuschwitzMuseum, this content has been taken down, as we do not tolerate hatred messages on our website. The seller has been banned. We’ll continue moderating to prevent similar content to be uploaded,” they wrote.
“RESULT!!!” Fitzharris wrote on Twitter, sharing TeeChip’s message to her. “Thanks to everyone who sent complaints about ‘Camp Auschwitz’ merchandize on TeeChip. Now, to root out other outlets that sell similar products.”
Robert Keith Packer Criminal History
Better look at the guy with the ‘Camp Auschwitz’ hoodie from yesterday. Not only does it feature the SS ‘totenkopf’, but an English translation of ‘Arbeit Macht Frei’. No wiggle room, no joking here. This is who these people are. (via @MrTAchilles) pic.twitter.com/i6zjuIAQbx
— Mike Stuchbery 💀🍷 (@MikeStuchbery_) January 7, 2021
CNN reported that Packer had a criminal history in Virginia, which included three convictions for driving under influence and one severe conviction for falsifying public records. He was accused of trespassing in 2016, but this case was dismissed. One of the sources who spoke to CNN said that he had encountered the law before.
Social media users were quick to mock Packer online.
One person wrote, “Yesterday” Camp Auschwitz “take a better look at the hooded man.” It includes the “SS only” totenkopf feature, but also the English translation of “Arbeit Macht Frei”. No fidget, no joke here. These are the people.
When I was a little girl, I asked my Grandma – Why do you watch all the Holocaust documentaries again and again, every year?
“Maybe I’ll see someone from my family”, she said. “They all died in Camp Auschwitz.”
Thinking of you Safta. pic.twitter.com/mY6kcsi1fZ
— Alma Har’el🌪 עלמה (@Almaharel) January 7, 2021