Columbia Teachers College professor’s office vandalized with swastikas, antisemitic slurs
New York City, New York – The office of Jewish professor Elizabeth Midlarsky, who teaches and researches the Holocaust at Columbia Teachers College, was vandalized with swastikas and antisemitic slurs on Wednesday.
Midlarsky said Wednesday night that she was floored by the hateful screeds.
“I was horrified, shocked,” she said. “I had to hold on to something I was so shocked.”
Midlarsky is a psychology and education professor who has written extensively about Jewish topics, including the Holocaust, according to her profile on the school’s website.
Her office had previously been vandalized, she said, but blamed Wednesday’s attack on an apparent rise in anti-Semitism in the US.
“Antisemitism is really in the wind now,” she said. “I didn’t expect to be a personal target right now. I’m not standing up there waving banners. I’m not out there making announcements publicly.”
In a statement, Thomas Bailey, the president of the Teachers College, said the school is “outraged” by the attack.
“Please rest assured that we are working with police to discover the perpetrator of this hateful act,” he wrote. “I also want to reaffirm the College’s commitment – and my own – to providing a respectful and welcoming environment for all, and to protecting the safety and dignity of all members of our community.”