One of the swastikas on the map on Jesus GreenTabitha Hutchison

Two swastika symbols have been found drawn on a ‘You are here’ map on Jesus Green.

The incident follows the discovery of a number of flyers supporting Holocaust denier David Irving on the Sidgwick lecture site. It is not clear whether or not the incidents are related.

The swastikas were noticed on Saturday. A Cambridge student called the non-emergency police line and an officer is reported to have been sent to the scene. The student attempted to remove the symbols from the map but was unable to do so.

Cambridge University Jewish Society Co-Presidents Adam Goott and Alex Szlezinger told Varsity: “Cambridge University Jewish Society firmly condemns all forms of anti-Semitism, including the recent dissemination of flyers advertising abhorrent ideas of Holocaust denial, and swastika graffiti appearing on signs at Jesus Green.

“We have already been in touch with the CST [Community Security Trust, a charity set up to protect British Jews from anti-Semitism] and the Cambridgeshire Police have been notified. We also plan to meet with CUSU and the University, to discuss the best possible ways to put an end to these offensive incidents.

“We are deeply concerned by the recent escalation in the number of anti-Semitic incidents and CUJS will be in touch with the relevant authorities.”

Nadine Batchelor-Hunt, President of the CUSU Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Campaign also commented on the incidents: “The CUSU BME Campaign is here to support the Cambridge University Jewish Society, and Jewish students, in whatever ways we can in tackling racism and anti-Semitism at the university.

The two swastikas were roughly-drawnTabitha Hutchison

“The anti-Semitic incidents that have occurred over the last few days are horrific, and should be dealt promptly and with the utmost seriousness. I hope that the University will also take measures to ensure that anti-Semitic literature, like the flyers we saw at Sidgwick this week, does not make it into university buildings ever again; it is gravely concerning that this has happened in environments in which students should feel safe.

“I also hope that the Cambridgeshire Police ensure that justice is served to the perpetrators of these incidents, and that steps are taken by them to prevent incidents like these happening again.”

These latest incidents coincide with the arrival in Cambridge of a ‘Nazi German Death Camps’ billboard which has been on a 1,000-mile journey from Poland, through Germany and Belgium. It reads, “Death camps were Nazi German - ZDF apologise!”

The billboard is intended as a protest against reports in the media which have referred to Polish collaboration in the running of Nazi concentration camps during the Second World War. The German broadcaster Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF) was ordered by a Polish court last month to apologise to a survivor of the Auschwitz death camp for making references to Polish involvement in its operations.

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