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As Nazi horrors fade into history, some youths are seduced by hate, others will never forget

LOS ANGELES - When Kaitlyn saw the Snapchat photos of fellow Orange County teenagers posing around a swastika made of red Solo cups, she immediately posted a screenshot to social media, expecting outrage.

Instead, she got a mixed response. Some people were offended by the display. But others said they were more surprised by the outcry - arguing that students, some posed with their arms raised in Nazi salutes, were just joking.

"How can these kids who have been educated about (the Holocaust) still find it funny?" said Kaitlyn, a 17-year-old student at a private Jewish school in Irvine.

The Holocaust is a standard topic covered in history classes, and "The Diary of Anne Frank" is often required high school reading.

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