US: Swastikas painted inside Holocaust scholar’s office at Columbia Teachers College
The office of Jewish professor Elizabeth Midlarsky, who teaches and researches the Holocaust at Columbia Teachers College, was vandalized with swastikas and anti-Semitic slurs on Wednesday.
The incident is under active investigation by the NYPD, and there is no known perpetrator at this time.
Midlarsky found the graffiti—two swastikas alongside the derogatory term “Yid”—when she came to her office around 1 p.m. today, at which point she notified security. The graffiti was drawn in the entryway to Midlarksy’s office, which is not shared with other staff.
“I was in shock,” Midlarsky said. “I stopped for a moment because I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.”
All Teachers College academic buildings require ID for entry, either from Teachers College, Columbia, Barnard, or other affiliated schools.
Midlarsky’s office had previously vandalized in 2007 when a swastika was spray-painted on her door and anti-Semitic flyers left in her mailbox.
According to Midlarsky, this prior incident was “horrifying but not surprising” due to her “relatively visible status as a Jew” at the time, citing her numerous published papers and articles on subjects related to the Holocaust.