An architect has reportedly been found guilty of unacceptable professional conduct and sanctioned after she harassed neighbours with sickening antisemitic slurs over a property dispute.
Mail Online reported that Karin Reenie Elliott asked her neighbours if they would be “putting their children in charge of the gas chambers” and wrote in a message: “We are not in 1930’s Germany, we are not Jewish, we don’t wear yellow stars and you won’t crush us.” She repeatedly told the couple, who live next to her in Norwich, that they were “building concentration camps” when they began construction on a car port for their home and knocked down part of a fence.
Other messages included Miss Elliott telling her female neighbour: “No regrets then? For Krystallnacht 1917 [sic]? We will not be your victims anymore” and that “there wouldn’t be enough comfort food in Norfolk to make up for the emotional trauma caused to any woman that had to sh** your Nazi husband”.
Miss Elliot is a seasoned architect, with more than 25 years’ experience in the field and a plethora of respectable employers names on her Linkedin CV. As well as taking umbrage with the couple building a car port, she apparently sent similar messages to another set of neighbours when they rented a hot tub for a weekend. She told them: “You cannot instigate a one family Nazi regime to occupy our land and intimidate us off our property.”
At the hearing of a disciplinary panel of the Architects Registration Board, she said that she simply wanted her neighbours to know that she did not like them and regretted using “childish bad language”, but she then went on to state: “In mitigation, I would ask the members of the panel to understand what it feels like to be attacked. It’s hard not take it personally when strangers are smashing up your home”.
The panel found her guilty of unacceptable professional conduct and imposed a £2,000 penalty order to be paid within 28 days.
A spokesperson for Campaign Against Antisemitism said: “Karin Reenie Elliott’s reported comments, not to mention her apparent campaign of harassment of her neighbours, are abhorrent. There is absolutely no place for grotesque references to the systematic murder of six million Jews – the darkest period in history – in a local property dispute. Ms Elliott has unquestionably brought her profession into disrepute, and the Architects Registration Board is right to recognise that and sanction her. Other professional bodies should take note.”