Crime & Law
12:52 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Swastika Vandalism Found Near Jewish Fraternity

Swastikas were drawn on mailboxes near the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity by the University of Oregon.
Swastikas were drawn on mailboxes near the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity by the University of Oregon.
Credit Amanda Butt

Eugene police are investigating swastikas that were tagged near a Jewish fraternity.

Bryan Kalbrosky is a student and member of the University of Oregon’s Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity. On his way to class on Monday, he noticed a dozen swastikas drawn on a cluster mailbox near the fraternity house.  

Kalbrosky: “In the Eugene community, this is a rare thing to see. I’ve never seen swastikas in Eugene before and I know that it’s definitely a fairly progressive place when it comes to that type of thinking. So that’s what really caught me off guard.”

AEPi is known nationally as a Jewish fraternity. When Kalbrosky saw the vandalism, he took a picture of it and posted it to the fraternity’s Facebook page.

“Right off the bat, within the first minute of me posting it saying we need to report this, we need to do something, some people were more scared than others.”

In light of this week’s turmoil in Israel, the religious threat comes at a sensitive time in the Jewish community. The Eugene police are investigating what they call a biased crime of vandalism and intimidation.