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Swastika found drawn on off-campus Brandeis student residence

Brandeis University and Waltham police are investigating a swastika that was found on an off-campus student residence.

Students found the swastika drawn in condensation on their window Friday night, Brandeis President Lisa Lynch said in a letter to the university’s students, faculty, and staff.  The students in the home were part of a Jewish group holding an unofficial event.

“That a swastika, with all the horrors it represents, would be marked anywhere is reprehensible, and when our students may have been the target of this symbol of hatred, we are compelled to speak out against injustice,” Lynch wrote.

Brandeis is the only non-sectarian university in the U.S. that was founded by the Jewish community. Forty-seven percent of undergraduate students at the university identify as Jewish, according to Hillel International, the Jewish foundation for college students.

“In my opinion, there is no place in society for such a despicable display of intolerance and hatred,” Lynch wrote. “Such heinous acts violate every value for which Brandeis stands.”

The university has asked that anyone with more information contact Waltham police at 781-314-3600.

 

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