'Nazi' students hit protester on LSE ski trip

A student has described how his nose was broken in an antisemitic attack during a university ski trip.

The second-year student, who does not want to be identified, had been socialising with colleagues from the London School of Economics' student union's athletics union.

When students began playing a Nazi-themed card game, he excused himself, but was subjected to antisemitic abuse and assaulted.

He said: "I've seen this kind of game before, so it wasn't so much the game that offended me as the antisemitic jibes that went with it.

"There was a mix of personal references and general Jewish insults. The comments built up to the point where I couldn't forgive myself if I let it slide."

None of those involved in the incident have been identified, but LSE students' union this week punished the offenders.

The student who assaulted the Jewish man is understood to have been sacked as a team captain, banned from the student union and from using its facilities for a month, and handed a lifetime ban from the athletics union.

Others have also been banned from the student union, face equality- and diversity-training, the forfeiture of sports matches, and will be told to attend a talk by a Holocaust survivor next month. LSE is expected to impose further punishments later this month.

The incident happened as 150 people, including six Jewish students, took part in the trip to Val d'Isère, France, in mid-December.

The Nazi-themed game was not an isolated incident. The JC understands students had previously played it on the trip, before the night of the fight.

That night, the Jewish student was part of a group of around 10 people taking part in drinking games. The students then set out playing cards in a swastika formation, saluted "the Fuhrer" and praised the blitzkrieg offensive.

He excused himself, but one participant continued to abuse him and squared up to him. Some students recorded it on their mobile phones and later posted clips on Facebook.

The student said: "I feel angry about it. It was an affront to my identity, but on a personal level it was extremely upsetting."

LSE JSoc president Jay Stoll said: "Those who believe the game was in good humour need to realise that when a Jewish student is subject to violence and Nazi ideology glorified, it is no joke but a spiteful, collective attack on a community. This highlights the worrying trends of contemporary antisemitism but, beyond all else, indicates a depressing lack of education from students of an esteemed institution."

In a statement, LSE said: "Students must abide by clear standards of behaviour set by both LSE and the SU and breaches of those standards are taken very seriously."

Last updated: 10:13am, February 7 2012