An eight inch by eight inch black swastika was found on the white post of a gazebo in a park on Grace Avenue in the Village of Great Neck Plaza on May 17 at 4 p.m., according to Nassau County Police Department detectives.
The swastika was discovered by a Great Neck Park District employee and police have no leads.
“This is horrifying for sure, and something that is very strange to this community because there is a large Jewish population here,” said Village of Great Neck Plaza Trustee Gerry Schneiderman. “This is the first time to my knowledge, in the 40 years I have been here, that something like this has happened. I would like to hope that somebody saw something and will say something.”
Also expressing shock and surprise was Holocaust survivor and Park District Commissioner Ivar Segalowitz.
“This is the first time that I hear of this type of an incident in the park district,” he said.
Great Neck Park District commissioners said they were extremely disturbed by the incident and urged anyone with information to contact the Nassau County police department, in a statement.
“Upon learning of this abhorrent incident, the Park District immediately notified the Nassau County Police, who promptly visited the site and began their investigation,” according to the statement.
Detectives request anyone with information regarding this crime contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.