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Holland: Jewish student’s dorm room turned into ‘Nazi death camp’

As part of ‘humoristic initiation rite,’ seniors at Leiden University spray-paint German words ‘Arbeit macht frei,’ mass graves and train tracks on walls of freshman’s room, hang barbed wire on pipes and create swastika from sticks; university considering disciplinary measures, including expulsion.



Itamar Eichner

A Jewish student at the Netherlands’ prestigious Leiden University experienced a shocking initiation rite recently, when fellow students spray-painted swastikas and Nazi symbols on the walls of his room. The university’s management has announced that it would take harsh measures against the students.

Dutch newspaper Volkskrant reported several days ago that the senior students redesigned the Jewish freshman’s dorm room, painting mass graves and train tracks on the walls, hanging barbed wire on the pipes, creating a swastika from sticks and spray-painting the German slogan “Arbeit macht frei” (work makes you free), which was placed over the entrance to several Nazi concentration camps during World War II.

The seniors denied that there were any anti-Semitic motives behind the act, explaining that they had redesigned the room as part of a humoristic initiation rite for the prestigious Minerva Society, the oldest student association in Holland.

Max Grapperhaus, the head of Minerva, said in response that “whether a Jewish student


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