The offender allegedly shouted insults in German and English including the phrase “No Jews in Germany!”
When called to the scene, the police officers initially mistook the academic for the perpetrator.
This unfortunate case of mistaken identity leaves many asking just how this could have happened and has resulted in several public and private apologies offered to the victim.
“We will not permit Jews to be persecuted in such a fashion ever again in Germany,” Herbert Reul, the North Rhine-Westphalia interior minister, told the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung (WAZ).
Reul offered an apology to the professor over the phone on Thursday and called the crime itself “abominable”.