Pro-Nazi posters found at B.C. univer­sity on Re­mem­brance Day

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VAN­COU­VER Of­fi­cials at the Univer­sity of Bri­tish Columbia says pro-Nazi posters have been found on the school’s Van­cou­ver cam­pus.

Philip Steenkamp, UBC's vice-pres­i­dent of ex­ter­nal re­la­tions, says in a state­ment that the “dis­turb­ing” posters were dis­cov­ered on War Me­mo­rial Gym on Satur­day.

The univer­sity was host­ing Re­mem­brance Day cer­e­monies in the gym that morn­ing.

Pho­tos of the posters ob­tained by the Ubyssey stu­dent news­pa­per show what ap­pears to be im­ages of Nazis with the words “the true he­roes of WW2.”

Steenkamp says cam­pus se­cu­rity took down the posters as soon as they were made aware of them.

He says the univer­sity takes in­ci­dents of hate and racism very se­ri­ously.

B’nai Brith Canada is­sued a state­ment on Sun­day con­demn­ing those who put the posters up.

“Once again, we see anti-Semitism and neo-Nazism rais­ing their ugly heads at a B.C. univer­sity,” said Michael Mostyn, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of B’nai Brith Canada.

“These dis­turb­ing in­ci­dents con­sti­tute a threat to Jewish stu­dents and other mi­nori­ties on cam­pus, as well as an un­for­giv­able in­sult to Cana­dian vet­er­ans who made the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice to de­feat Nazi tyranny.”

The B’nai Brith state­ment and Ubyssey re­ported that the RCMP were in­ves­ti­gat­ing, but the Moun­ties did not im­me­di­ately re­spond to phone calls and emails re­quest­ing con­fir­ma­tion.

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