Commuters erase Swastika from New York train

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Other commuters joined it soon after (Gregory Locke / Facebook)

A spontaneous act of a group of New York subway commuters has inspired many after they used hand sanitiser to wipe of Swastikas covering the carriage.

Photos posted to Facebook show the passengers taking things into their own hands, using tissues to get rid of the Nazi symbol which came with the words "Jews belong in the oven".

Gregory Locke said he got onto the subway carriage and saw the symbols "on every advertisement and every window".

"The train was silent as everyone stared at each other, uncomfortable and unsure what to do," he wrote.

All it took was one man who stood up and noted hand sanitiser got rid of permanent marker. He proceeded to use a tissue to wipe the subway map clean.

His actions started something.

"I've never seen so many people simultaneously reach into their bags and pockets looking for tissues and Purel. Within about two minutes, all the Nazi symbolism was gone [sic]," Mr Locke wrote.

One passenger seemed resigned to the fact the symbolism could become normal: "I guess this is Trump's America".

"No sir, it's not. Not tonight and not ever. Not as long as stubborn New Yorkers have anything to say about it," Mr Locke wrote.

The post was put on Facebook less than a day ago and has already had more than 260,000 shares.

It was met with an overwhelming positive response, with some commenters saying "together we will get through this" and " My city under attack new yorkers coming together to make sure love wins i love my city we are seeing the best of us when they show us the worst [sic]".