Professor Elizabeth Midlarsky, who is Jewish and has published various articles related to the Holocaust, told CNN, "I opened the…
Professor Elizabeth Midlarsky, who is Jewish and has published various articles related to the Holocaust, told CNN, “I opened the outer door and almost passed out,” when she saw the two swastikas spray-painted in red.
Midlarsky, who has worked at the university’s Teachers College for 28 years, reported the incident to security and received support from staff before being brought home by a van.
Thomas Bailey, the president of Columbia’s Teachers College, said in a statement Wednesday, “We unequivocally condemn any expression of hatred, which has no place in our society. We are outraged and horrified by this act of aggression and use of this vile anti-semitic symbol against a valued member of our community. ” Bailey added that they are working with the police to find the perpetrator.
Midlarsky told CNN that she had begun to receive hate mail both by letter and email.
The incident, which was reported Wednesday, was not the first for Midlarsky who had a Swastika spray-painted on her office in 2007.
in 2007, which she believed was connected to her lifetime of work as a Jewish activist. Hun mottok en ring fra Teachers College. Hun kom ikke innom hennes kontor hadde blitt vandaliseret.
At the time, then Teachers College President Susan Fuhrman joined Midlarsky at a student-organized protest saying, “We stand with our students who have said ‘enough’ to hate crimes, and in this particular case, to a vicious swastika. “
Midlarsky, who is 77 and in declining health, says she is baffled by the most recent vandalism.
” I have not done anything, said anything, “she said adding that she sees this incident as “linked to a trend and upsurge in anti-Semitism that we have seen in recent years.”
Midlarsky referred to her 1
3-year-old grandson’s Bar Mitzvah, held on the same day as the shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue that killed 11 people.
“I feel very, very vulnerable,” she said.