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Swastikas, Hitler drawn outside Jewish student’s dorm at Stanford; 3rd event in 2 weeks

Hoover Tower at Stanford University in Stanford, California on Oct. 23, 2019. (Randy Vazquez/Bay Area News Group/TNS)
March 16, 2023

Stanford University is now investigating the third antisemitic incident on campus in two weeks after multiple swastikas and a drawing of Adolf Hitler were found on a whiteboard outside a Jewish student’s dorm on Friday.

The university’s Department of Public Safety is investigating this latest incident, which it believes may have been a crime, according to a statement from administrators.

A photo of the vandalized whiteboard, published by the Stanford Daily student newspaper, appears to show a man with a Hitler-style mustache smoking a cigarette, with five swastikas around his head.

See the whiteboard here.

The student whose whiteboard was vandalized told the Stanford Daily that the incident is “really making this living situation feel pretty hostile to me.”

“It’s very unsettling thinking that I was in my dorm sleeping and someone was outside of my door doing this,” said the student, whose name was not reported.

The incident follows closely after swastikas were found in two bathrooms on campus, and comes after earlier reports this academic year of an Israeli flag and another Jewish symbol being mysteriously removed from students’ dorms, according to the university’s log of hate incidents.

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A photo of a student reading Hitler’s manifesto, “Mein Kampf,” also circulated on campus in January, the Stanford Daily reported.

Stanford called the latest incident “particularly brazen” because it may have been targeted.

“We wish to be clear: Stanford wholeheartedly rejects antisemitism, racism, hatred, and associated symbols, which are reprehensible and will not be tolerated,” the university’s statement said.

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All of this comes in an academic year that began during Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. That conflict prompted the university’s Faculty Senate to push the next academic year back by one day and review future calendars for such overlaps, as reported by the Stanford Daily.

Also this academic year, the university apologized for placing limits on the number of new Jewish students in the 1950s, as reported by the Stanford Daily.