Army investigating officer who made Holocaust joke in viral video

Army investigating officer who made Holocaust joke in viral video

The Army says it is investigating an officer who reportedly made a joke about Jews being killed in the Holocaust in a video posted to TikTok. 

The video was shared on Twitter showing a user with the account “_itsnate” making an anti-Semitic joke and adding that “if you get offended, get the f--- out because it’s a joke.” The soldier was identified by Task and Purpose and Stars and Stripes as 2nd Lt. Nathan Freihofer.

Freihofer reportedly had nearly 3 million followers on TikTok. 

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A spokesperson for TikTok confirmed the video was removed on Monday for violating the platform’s policies against hate speech. Freihofer’s account also appears to no longer be active, but the TikTok spokesperson said the platform only removed the video. 

The XVIII Airborne Corps tweeted Monday that it is investigating reports about a soldier's “vile” remarks, and said the remarks in the video are “completely inconsistent with our values.”

Maj. Gen. Tony Aguto, the commander of Fort Stewart’s 3rd Infantry Division, also called the remarks “vile” and said the soldier has been suspended of any and all leadership authorities pending the result of the investigation. 

Aguto tweeted that the statements in the video are “not indicative of the values we live by, and there is no place for racism or bigotry in our Army or our country.” 

The official Twitter account for the Auschwitz Memorial called out Freihofer for his post, and linked to a page with information about the Holocaust. 

“He wrote: 'For legal reasons this is a joke' What about moral reasons & respect? Would he look into the eyes of Survivors liberated by @USArmy and tell them this?” the memorial tweeted.