Jewish Fraternity Badly Damaged, Swastikas Carved at Syracuse

The headquarters of Phi Sigma Delta, a University of Syracuse fraternity with a membership primarily Jewish, was badly damaged, and swastikas and obscenities were carved into furniture, the Syracuse police department reported here today. The city authorities as well as university guards announced at the same time that they have increased their efforts to trace the perpetrators of the attack on the fraternity house, which had occurred early Monday morning while the student residents were absent.

Robert Flaherty, chief of the university police, estimated the damage at about $2,000. The vandals had mutilated furniture and rugs in addition to inscribing the Nazi symbol and anti-Semitic slogans. Chief Flaherty rejected the notion that the attack may have been “an interfraternity prank,” stating “the damage is much too severe for that.”

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