Hitler spoof draws Rutgers rebuke

Rutgers University is investigating as a potential bias incident a student newspaper’s spoof column praising Hitler.

The column “What about the good things Hitler did?” appeared in the satirical newspaper the Daily Medium, which is funded in part by Rutgers. The column was falsely attributed to a Jewish student writer for an independent Rutgers newspaper, the Daily Targum.

Student writer Aaron Marcus told WWOR-TV that publication of the piece under his name was hurtful. He said his relatives died in the Holocaust.

Rutgers President Richard McCormick said the article was “particularly despicable” considering Marcus’ Jewish faith.

The Medium’s faculty adviser told the Star-Ledger he hopes whatever action Rutgers takes shows understanding that college is a time when people test boundaries and can learn from their mistakes. — ap