Jewish Professor at Columbia Teachers College Finds Office Vandalized With Swastikas, Anti-Semitic Slurs

Police in New York City have reportedly launched an investigation after the office of a Jewish professor at Columbia Teachers College was vandalized Wednesday with red swastikas and anti-Semitic slurs. “I was in shock,” said Professor Elizabeth Midlarsky, a Holocaust expert who found the graffiti—which included the derogatory word ‘Yid’—spread across the walls of her office. “I stopped for a moment, because I couldn’t believe what I was seeing,” she was quoted as saying by the Columbia Spectator. Thomas Bailey, president of Columbia Teachers College, condemned the incident. “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,” he said in a statement. “Please rest assured that we are working with police to discover the perpetrator of this hateful act.”