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April 9, 2012 6:29 pm

Rutgers Article Praises Hitler, Cites Jewish Author as Satire

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Rutgers University is again accused of fostering anti-Semitism on its campus, this time through a satirical student newspaper column that praised Adolph Hitler. The article was attributed to a Jewish student who was not the author.

The column titled “What about the good things Hitler did?” in The Daily Medium—a spoof of the mainstream Rutgers student newspaper, The Daily Targum—stated that “history has given the Third Reich a bad rap,” and that although Hitler was also responsible for genocide, he also dabbled in rocket science and was involved in the founding of the Volkswagen auto company. The article “is extremely offensive and repugnant,” said Rutgers president Richard McCormick, according to the Washington Post.

“To say anything praiseworthy of someone like Hitler, and to have people actually believe it was coming from me, even in a satirical manner, is just really painful,” said Rutgers student Aaron Marcus, to whom the story was attributed. Marcus had relatives who died in the Holocaust.

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