Whitesville, NY, history teacher hails Hitler in yearbook
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Whitesville, NY, history teacher hails Hitler in yearbook

Superintendent says Jeff Acor’s quotes expressing admiration for Nazi dictator were ‘mistakenly taken out of context’

A Google Street view image of the Whitesville, New York Central School (screen capture: Google Street View)
A Google Street view image of the Whitesville, New York Central School (screen capture: Google Street View)

JTA — A school district in New York has recalled its yearbook after a new teacher appeared to call Adolf Hitler his favorite person in history in a yearbook interview.

Asked who his favorite person in history is, first-year history teacher Jeff Acor is quoted in the yearbook as saying, “Adolf Hitler, who did many great things for Germany and their youth before the infamous Holocaust.”

The quote also said that “Adolf was outed and faced many hardships early in life which a lot of people can relate to. Adolf is arguably the greatest public speaker in the history of the world. Adolf made many great strides to make Germany a world super power.”

The yearbooks were recalled two weeks ago, after the quote was discovered, according to the Olean Times Herald.

Superintendent Laurie Sanders said in a statement on the school district’s website that “in the production of the yearbook, we try to give students the freedom and creative license to create and determine content. That said, after the yearbooks were distributed several errors and oversights were found, including our discovery that a statement from one of our new teachers was incomplete, resulting in the description of a historical figure being mistakenly taken out of context.

“Accordingly, we wanted to give the Yearbook Committee an opportunity to correct the errors and oversights, and to include a more accurate and complete quote from the teacher.”

She did not explain to the Olean Times Herald in what way the statement was incomplete.

“The best way for me to say it is the statements were incomplete,” Sanders said, “but because there are children, students involved, and because of their privacy, I don’t really want to go into detail.”

No action reportedly will be taken against Acor.

The student body of Whitesville Central School District in Allegheny County is 98.9 percent white, the Olean Times Herald reported.

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