Babson College to Apologize for Heckling of Brandeis Students 35 Years Ago

Babson College will offer a formal apology on Wednesday for an incident 35 years ago in which some of its students shouted anti-Semitic remarks during a soccer game against Brandeis University, The Boston Globe reports. Brandeis was founded by American Jews and has a high Jewish enrollment, but remains nonsectarian.

The soccer match took place in Babson’s gymnasium in November 1978. Several Babson players hung a sign reading “Happy Holocaust,” according to an account by the Anti-Defamation League. During the final practice for the game, members of the team wore swastikas on their bodies and shouted “Holocaust” and other anti-Semitic slurs.

Babson’s president, Leonard A. Schlesinger, will announce the apology at the New England headquarters of the ADL. He will also announce a new program the college is creating with the league, in which college administrators, faculty members, and students will study stereotypes and work to eliminate racism, anti-Semitism, and all forms of bigotry, according to the ADL.

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