Car, Mailbox Defaced With Swastikas in Jewish Sherman Oaks Neighborhood

This isn’t the first time the neighborhood has been the target of racial attacks.

By Samantha Tata and Ryan Bourgard
|  Wednesday, Mar 14, 2012  |  Updated 10:04 PM PDT
Swastikas Deface Jewish Neighborhood

Swastikas were drawn on gate posts in a predominantly Jewish neighborhood in Sherman Oaks.

Residents of a predominantly-Jewish neighborhood in Sherman Oaks woke up to find swastikas etched on cars, mailboxes and gate posts Wednesday.

When Jennifer Niman left for work about 11:20 a.m., a neighbor told her the symbols had been drawn on that neighbor’s gate. That’s when Niman noticed that a piece of her property, a freshly painted mailbox, had also been defaced.

Another neighbor down the road had her car marked, and all three symbols appeared to be made with the same green crayon-like tool.

The etchings visibly shook one neighbor, the daughter of Auschwitz survivors, who was trembling when she returned home to see the symbols marking her street.

This isn’t the first time the neighborhood has been the target of racial attacks.

Niman, whose grandparents were killed in the Holocaust, rented her home to a film production company for a day in the summer of 2001.

When she returned home, she noticed swastikas and other anti-Semitic epitaphs all over the interior of her home, she said. No one was apprehended in that case.

Wednesday’s victims, all of them Jewish, have filed a reported with the police.

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