Michigan student group apologizes for Hitler Valentine’s card

The Simon Wiesenthal Center deemed the apology not enough and called on the university to expel the students responsible for the cards.

By JTA, JPOST.COM STAFF
February 10, 2017 19:43
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Warriner Hall at Central Michigan University

Warriner Hall at Central Michigan University. (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)

 
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The College Republicans at Central Michigan University has apologized for a Valentine’s Day card it sent to students with a photo of Adolf Hitler.

On Wednesday, a student at the public college in Mount Pleasant posted a photo to Facebook of the card she received at a College Republicans Valentine’s Day party. The card had the caption “my love 4 u burns like 6,000 Jews.”

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The student group later apologized with a message on its Facebook page, saying the “very inappropriate card” was distributed without its knowledge.

“We in no way condone this type of rhetoric or antisemitism,” the group said. “We apologize for any offense, and want students to know that we do not tolerate this sort of behavior.”

The Simon Wiesenthal Center deemed the apology not enough and called on the university to expel the students responsible for the cards.

“It is time that America acknowledges that antisemitism is a problem that must be confronted and that antisemites will be held accountable for their hatred,” the center officials said.

The center also called for the University of Minnesota to take action in finding the perpetrator who drew a swastika on the dorm room white board of a Jewish student.



The student shared the incident in a Facebook post that went viral. According to the post, the whiteboard was inside the room, raising the question of how the vandal entered.

The student reached out to the vandals in the post asking, “Do you feel empowered doing this? What benefit do you gain by making a person feel afraid?” In a follow-up post the student stated that relevant authorities were “diligently looking into the case.”

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