United States / 06-02-2017
Woman targeted by antisemitic assailant on subway thanks kind strangers who stepped in
A woman attacked by a stranger spewing antisemitic slurs on a Manhattan train said fellow straphangers rushed to her defense.
“At least New York hasn’t lost all of its charm,” the 25-year-old woman, who asked that her name not be used, said in an exclusive interview with the Daily News.
After finishing work Monday she got on a C train at Chambers St. Her attacker got on at 23rd St. around 8 p.m., holding a pamphlet with a swastika and photo of Adolf Hitler.
He started screaming in German, gave the Nazi “Heil, Hitler” salute, then confronted the victim. She believes he noticed the “I’m on team Hillary” sticker on her notebook as she held onto a pole while listening to her headphones.
“Very close — an inch from my face — he was yelling at me,” she said. “He called me a dirty Jew.”
He also yelled, “Heil the Hitler youth,” she said.
“And then he shoved me,” explained the woman, who was not raised Jewish but follows the religion’s traditions with her Jewish husband .
“There were two men who kinda stepped in,” she said.
“Take a walk, take a walk,” the good Samaritans told him, she said.
“I do not know them — which I think is really cool,” she said of the men who intervened. “It was very reassuring.”
The suspect ran off and the woman — who works for a state assemblyman — later reported the incident to police.
The NYPD’s hate crimes task force is investigating, but as of Friday night, the victim stopped cooperating.
“I’m not interested in being a crusader,” she said, adding that she reported the incident because she thought it important the police know what happened.
“This behavior is not OK,” the victim lamented.