By Joy Resmovits
PUBLISHED NOVEMBER 1, 2007

A swastika was found spray-painted on the office door of a Teachers College professor known for her research on the Holocaust Wednesday.

The swastika was found amid a spate of bias incidents at TC and at Columbia University. The professor, Elizabeth Midlarsky, said she feels personally targeted by the swastika.

“It’s not going to stop me, but I’m certainly shaken. I go back and forth between frightened and furious,” Midlarsky said.

Last week, two Jewish TC professors received anti-Semitic materials. Earlier in October, a noose was found hung from the door of African American TC professor Madonna Constantine.

Officers from the New York Police Department’s crime scene unit and Columbia Public Safety huddled around 328 Horace Mann Hall early Wednesday afternoon. Police said they were notified of the incident at 8 a.m., and they are treating it as a hate crime. In a statement, administrators confirmed that the swastika was found on the door of a Jewish professor.

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