New Yorker Documents Passengers' Reaction to Nazi Symbols on Subway

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When New York City subway riders discovered the train car they entered had been defaced with swastikas, they didn't wait long to act.

New Yorker Gregory Locke described the scene in a Facebook post. After finding the Nazi symbol "on every advertisement and every window," he wrote, "The train was silent as everyone stared at each other, uncomfortable and unsure what to do."

Then, Locke wrote, "One guy got up and said, 'Hand sanitizer gets rid of Sharpie. We need alcohol.' He found some tissues and got to work."

"I've never seen so many people simultaneously reach into their bags and pockets looking for tissues and Purel," the Facebook post read. "Within about two minutes, all the Nazi symbolism was gone."

The post has been shared over 120,000 times.

Last week, a woman was subjected to anti-Semitic taunts while riding the city's subway, the New York Daily News reported. A man holding a pamphlet with a swastika and photo of Adolf Hitler entered the train car, gave the Nazi salute and called the woman a "dirty Jew" before shoving her.

According to the Daily News, two men stepped in, causing the attacker to flee.

The unnamed woman, who is not Jewish but follows her husband's Jewish faith, thinks the man singled her out due to the "I’m on team Hillary" sticker on her notebook.

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