Nazi graffiti on New York train prompts inspiring reaction

Passengers worked together to wipe away the horrifying images

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It is almost impossible to ignore the global sense of turmoil and division which have characterised the last few months.

Whatever the individual's feelings on Brexit and Trump's presidency - two huge events - there's no denying their gravitational pull has highlighted serious political and social discord.

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But that's not to say there haven't been reassuring examples of solidarity and kindness.

It is often during a fractious and unpleasant social and political climate that people showcase the best in themselves.

Last night, on a subway train in New York, one such example took place.

Facebook user Gregory Locke described getting onto one of the trains, and being met by the sight of a Swastika on every advert and every window.

Gregory continued, "the train was silent as everyone stared at each other, uncomfortable and unsure what to do."

Nothing might have been done, however, eventually, one man spoke up.

"[He] said, 'Hand sanitiser gets rid of Sharpie. We need alcohol.' He found some tissues and got to work."

Residents in big cities like New York and London aren't necessarily always famed for their friendliness or sense of community spirit, but it was precisely these which prevailed.

"I've never seen so many people simultaneously reach into their bags and pockets looking for tissues and Purel," Gregory added.

"Within about two minutes, all the Nazi symbolism was gone."

"Nazi symbolism. On a public train. In New York City. In 2017.

"'I guess this is Trump's America,' said one passenger. No sir, it's not. Not tonight and not ever. Not as long as stubborn New Yorkers have anything to say about it."

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