This post first appeared as “Anti-Semitic ‘Jingle Bells’ Song Heard at Oxford” on The Shmooze blog at the Forward.
Anti-Semitism has reared its ugly head again at Oxford University in England. Disillusioned officers of the university’s Conservative Association recently leaked documents to campus newspaper The Oxford Student showing evidence of anti-Semitic behavior among its members.
The paper found one video to be particularly offensive. It is of a student leading others in a drunken chant of “Dashing through the Reich / in a black Mercedes Benz / killing lots of kike / ra ta ta ta ta. ” It was evidently recorded toward the end of the Michaelmas term in 2010. That would have been in December, which would explain why — at least to the Shmooze’s ear —these lyrics sound as though they go to the tune of “Jingle Bells.” The song has reportedly been enthusiastically sung by OUCA members in other seasons, as well.
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