Confederate Flag Tied to Door of Museum of Jewish Heritage

The Museum of Jewish Heritage. A freight car like those used to carry Jews to the Auschwitz death camp stands as a symbol of the Holocaust. Photo: Carl Glassman/Tribeca Trib

Posted
Jan. 08, 2021

A Confederate flag was found Friday morning tied to the front door of the Museum of Jewish Heritage. The act comes two days after Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol Building, some carrying the Confederate symbol. 

Jack Kliger, president and CEO of the Battery Park City museum, said the institution is working with authorities to identify the person or persons who put the flag at the entrance to the museum, which is the second largest Holocaust museum in the U.S. 

“The Confederate flag is a potent symbol of white supremacy, as evidenced by the events at the U.S. Capitol this week,” Kliger said in a statement, adding, “These horrific acts of emboldened anti-Semitism must end now.”

“The Confederate flag is a symbol of hate. This week it was paraded through the Capitol and this morning it was used to vandalize the Museum of Jewish Heritage in our city,” Mayor de Blasio tweeted. “We have ZERO tolerance for acts of fascism and bigotry. There will be consequences for those responsible.”

A NYPD spokesperson said the Detective Division is investigating the incident. He declined to say whether there is surveillance video of the act.