The group at the London School of Economics (LSE) played “Nazi Ring of Fire” during a ski trip to Val d’Isère.
But if playing the game – which involves having cards arranged in a swastika and participants “saluting the Führer” – was not bad enough they also attacked a Jewish man who complained that it was offensive.
A brawl, which was filmed, left the undergraduate with a broken nose, it was claimed. The incident was condemned by the Students’ Union and the Jewish Society and is being investigated.
A spokesman for the university said: “These are disturbing allegations relating to events which took place on a foreign trip organised by the Students’ Union.
“Both the SU and LSE are investigating these events and are prepared to take disciplinary action if the allegations are shown to be true.”
The incident took place during the skiing trip between Dec 9 and 17 organised by the Athletics Union. A number of students were playing the game – a variation of a game called Ring of Fire – but modified it to include references to Nazis. Tensions escalated when a 20-year-old Jewish student complained that the game was offensive and was allegedly ridiculed for his comments. He was then involved in a brawl with a fellow student which left him with a broken nose.
The victim, who wishes to remain anonymous, said: “I’ve seen this kind of game before, so it wasn’t so much the game that offended me, as much as the anti-Semitic gibes that went with it.”
Jay Stoll, president of the Students’ Union’s Jewish Society, said: “Those who believe the game was all in good humour need to realise that when a Jewish student is subject to violence and the Nazi ideology glorified it is no joke but a spiteful, collective attack on a community.”
Alex Peters-Day, general secretary of the Students’ Union, said: “We have a zero tolerance approach to anti-Semitism at LSESU and after consultation with LSE, the Union of Jewish Students, the LSE Jewish Society and the LSE Athletics Union, we are all in agreement that the students involved in this incident should face disciplinary action.”
Last November, four of the most senior members of the
Oxford University Conservative Association (OUCA) resigned after
accusing other members of engaging in anti-Semitic behaviour, including
singing a Nazi-themed song.
Source: Daily Telegraph