Dutch student’s dorm room made to look like Nazi death camp in hazing ritual

Leiden University. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

(JNS.org) Students at Leiden University in the Netherlands redesigned a Jewish classmate’s dorm room to make it look like a Nazi death camp as part of a hazing ritual, the Dutch daily newspaper Volksrant reported.

Several Leiden seniors who are members of the “Minerva Society” are expected to receive disciplinary action for turning the freshman student’s room into the vivid portrayal. A video obtained by Volksrant shows mass graves painted on the floor with barbed wires covering pipes in the dorm room. German words translated as “work makes you free,” a reference to signs hung at concentration camp entrances, were spray-painted on the walls. Train tracks were also drawn on the walls and Nazi swastikas were formed out of sticks.

A representative of Minerva, Leiden’s oldest student association, said that “whether Jewish guys live there or not, such activities are inappropriate and cannot be tolerated.”

Posted on November 19, 2015 .