Vandals stole and stomped on items related to Nazism in a college exhibit about the Holocaust, damaging photographs of a propaganda poster and Adolf Hitler's autobiographical book "Mein Kampf," Police said.
Police were searching for suspects Thursday at Suffolk County Community College in Long Island, New York City.
Steven Schrier, a political science professor who runs the college's Center on the Holocaust, Diversity & Human Understanding, said the exhibit included Hitler-era anti-Semitic propaganda such as disparaging caricatures of Jews, newspaper pages, and other artifacts.
Suffolk County Police said vandals took some items from a display case Tuesday night and stepped on them or smashed them against a rock. The suspects apparently targeted materials related to Nazism, leaving other objects alone. "They definitely wanted to destroy them," one officer said during an interview.
The building housing the exhibit, the college's Health, Sports & Education Center, was open at the time of the incident. The exhibit's curator has since emptied the Holocaust display case.
"It does interfere with our ability to educate the public when we can't leave a display up like that for people to see," Schrier said.