May 17, 2022

Video: New Jewish Studies Books Replace Ones Damaged by Vandals at Western Washington University, Reshelving Ceremony Takes Place at Wilson Library

From KOMO-TV in Seattle:

Seven books that vandals damaged with anti-Semitic messages have now been replaced at Western Washington University.

Approximately 250 people attended a reshelving ceremony in Wilson Library on Tuesday to showcase the new books that were purchased and donated to replace the ones that were damaged.

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Western Libraries is proud to restore the vandalized content and to continue efforts to acquire new resources supporting Jewish Studies. These efforts reflect the Libraries’ ongoing commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and its mission to ensure that historically marginalized voices are well represented within our collections.

To that end, and prior to these antisemitic incidents, the Libraries has been actively acquiring content related to Jewish and Holocaust Studies in order to support both The Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity,  and Jewish Studies coursework at Western. Recent acquisitions include print books, e-books, digital primary source archives, children’s books, and special collections materials. Also of particular note is a donation from what was formerly the Northwest Center for Holocaust, Genocide and Ethnocide Education, and is now The Ray Wolpow Institue. These materials are discoverable through the Libraries’ OneSearch interface. Users can also browse the virtual Holocaust and Genocide Studies collection, a selection of materials that has been curated over the last several years.

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See Also:  Here’s How WWU and the Community Stood Up to Recent Acts of Anti-Semitic Vandalism (via Bellingham Herald)

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