Jewish student has mouth stapled in violent anti-Semitic attack


Zachary Tennen claims two men raised their arms in a Nazi salute, chanting “Heil Hitler” and then knocked him unconscious.

A Michigan college student has told how he was knocked unconscious by two men who chanted "Heil Hitler" and did a Nazi salute. 

"They said they were part of the KKK," Zachary Tennen 19, said.

The Detroit Free Press reported two men attacked Tennen at a party early Sunday after asking whether he was Jewish.

The sophomore journalism student was knocked unconscious and the pair then stapled his mouth shut. 

Tennen said when he regained consciousness, the party was still under way yet nobody helped him.

He caught a taxi to a nearby hospital and underwent surgery for his broken jaw.

Tennen's father, Bruce, said he was outraged that the hospital did not call police. He said he wanted to see the perpetrators punished for their crime.

"I've never heard of anything so horrific," said Bruce. 

Tennen said he could have been killed.

"I want everyone to know how severe this is. They could have killed me. I’m going to try my best to make sure they don’t get away with this.".

He told WDID the two college-age males who assaulted Zach Tennen have yet to be identified or arrested, according to his mother.

"It's an awful hate crime, and what he's gone through emotionally and physically, it's scary to put it into words," mother Tina Tennen told the Detroit Free Press.

According to Michigan Incident Crime Reporting data, there were 21 victims of anti-Jewish hate crimes last year.

Cindy Hughey, executive director of MSU Hillel, told the newspaper the latest assault was the fourth “really horrible anti-Semitic incident” she’s seen in her 13 years with the center.