EDISON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – Police are searching for a suspect after a political campaign sign outside of a rabbi’s home in Edison, New Jersey was defaced with a swastika.
Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg noticed the Nazi symbol drawn onto a sign for a mayoral hopeful on his front lawn when he went to get his morning paper on Monday, WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reported.
Rosenberg is the son of Holocaust survivors.
“It hurts. It hurts very much because the message is very simple: whether they know anything about the Nazis or they don’t, they know what the Nazis did. And they know that it was a horrible event of killing Jews,” Rosenberg told Diamond. “This wasn’t painted by a 10-year-old, it’s pretty obvious.”
Rosenberg said this is not the first time he’s been targeted.
“That’s what you get for being outspoken and being a product of the Holocaust – my parents were in Auschwitz – I will continue to be outspoken and I will not be intimidated,” the rabbi said.
This is the second mayoral campaign sign in Edison to be defaced in the past three weeks, Diamond reported.
“This is absolutely intolerable. We simply will not accept this behavior and we will do everything in our power to bring the persons responsible for this to justice,” Edison Chief of Police Thomas Bryan said. “It is a very diverse community, the township, and certainly I am here and we are here to protect everybody’s rights.”
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