Jewish Professor Finds Swastikas Spray-Painted in Office at Columbia

Michael Gold

The New York Times

Thu Nov 29 2018

Two swastikas and an anti-Semitic slur were spray-painted Wednesday on the walls of a Jewish professor’s office at Columbia University, the latest in a surge of anti-Semitic incidents in New York this year.

The office belongs to Elizabeth Midlarsky, 77, who has written about the Holocaust and has been a repeated target of anti-Semitic vitriol while working as a psychology and education professor at the university’s Teachers College in Manhattan.

The Police Department said it was investigating the vandalism — the swastikas and the word “Yid” were scrawled in bright red in the entryway to the office — as a hate crime.

Ms. Midlarsky, who could not be reached for comment on Thursday, found the graffiti Wednesday afternoon, officials said.

“I was in shock,” she told the Columbia Daily Spectator, the university’s student-run newspaper. “I stopped for a moment, because I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.”...

Jewish Professor Finds Swastikas Spray-Painted in Office at Columbia

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