A Massachusetts high school has recalled its yearbook after a student used a Nazi quote that was printed inside it.
Boston’s WCVB reported that Andover High School Principal Philip Conrad was “horrified” when he discovered that quote typically attributed to Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels inside the 2017-2018 yearbook.
“Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it,” the quote printed inside the yearbook read.
“Quoting a racist dictator bent on genocide or his minister of propaganda has no place in our school or our community and it is deeply upsetting to all of us,” Principal Conrad wrote in a statement.
A yearbook blunder costing Andover HS $5K to pull remaining copies. Honest mistake or not ? Senior uses quote traced to Hitler’s Minister of Propaganda. A surprising local leader comes to the teen’s defense. #wcvb pic.twitter.com/jzWBPhVHYX
— Jorge Quiroga (@JorgeWCVB) June 14, 2018
After the senior’s quote was revealed, a surprising local leader came to their defense — a rabbi at a nearby synagogue.
“I don’t think it was anti-Semitic,” Rabbi Robert Goldstein of Andover’s Temple Emanuel told WCVB. “I think it was totally innocent on the part of the high school student who chose this quote. I think it’s probably a reference to all this talk about fake news and what’s real and what’s not real.”
WCVB noted that the quote, which was missed by faculty and students who vetted the yearbook, came after three anti-Semitic incidents involving swastikas being drawn on desks at Andover High. One of the desks was in a classroom led by a Jewish teacher.
Watch a report on the controversial yearbook quote below, via CBS Boston: