Australian Politician Apologizes for Wearing Nazi Uniform to His 21st Birthday Party

New South Wales Premier Dominic Perrottet issued a statement on Friday, January 13, apologizing for wearing a Nazi uniform to his 21st birthday party nearly two decades ago.

Perrottet, now age 40, said in the statement: "I made a terrible mistake at my 21st birthday party, where I wore a Nazi uniform as fancy dress.

“I am deeply ashamed of the fact that I did that, and I am truly sorry for the hurt, pain and distress that that action will cause many people right across New South Wales, particularly the Jewish community, Holocaust survivors, veterans and their families.”

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Perrottet admitted to wearing the costume after a conversation with Transport Minister David Elliott on Tuesday night, following days of tension between the pair over several issues, including the future of poker machines. Credit: Dominic Perrottet via Storyful

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DOMINIC PERROTTET: I made a terrible mistake at my 21st birthday party, where I wore a Nazi uniform as fancy dress. I'm deeply ashamed of the fact that I did that. And I'm truly sorry for the hurt, pain, and distress that that action will cause many people right across New South Wales, and particularly our Jewish community, Holocaust survivors, and veterans and their families.

I am truly sorry for that mistake. It was a grave error and something that I'm deeply ashamed of. My hope is that some good can come from the terrible mistake that I made. I met with the Jewish Board of Deputies, and we both spoke about how important it is to continue to raise education and understanding, particularly with young people, of the horrors of the Holocaust and to ensure that evil such as that never occurs again.