‘Dis­turb­ing’ pro-Nazi posters found at UBC

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Of­fi­cials at the Univer­sity of B.C. say 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 B’rith Canada is­sued a state­ment 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 B’rith Canada.

The B’nai B’rith state­ment and Ubyssey re­ported that the RCMP were in­ves­ti­gat­ing, but the Moun­ties didn’t im­me­di­ately re­spond to re­quests for con­fir­ma­tion.

On Thurs­day, racist graf­fiti that in­cluded a swastika and “Heil Hitler” was dis­cov­ered on a hall­way black­board at UBC’s For­est Sciences Cen­tre, an in­ci­dent that was con­demned by the Friends of Si­mon Wiesen­thal Cen­ter.


Pro-Nazi posters were found at UBC.

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