Berlin (Dec. 30)
As already reported briefly by cable, a group of Aryan student bodies, including the Berlin Waffenring, the Firkenschaft and the corporation of the High School Ring of Germanism, a section of the German students’ organization “Guilelmia”, have put down the following resolution for consideration by the Executive of the Berlin Students’ Organization and the Berlin Students’ Parliament:-
In order to prevent the excessive growth in numbers of the Jewish students, the Executive of the students’ bodies is instructed to take steps to provide that in future all candidates for admission to the University should be obliged to state whether they are of German origin and whether German is their mother tongue. They should also be obliged in all cases to state their religious belief. “The German middle-class”, the resolution proceeds, “is unable at present to afford the luxury of allowing their sons to study at the Universities. We must therefore be on guard that the Jews should not take advantage of the situation to swamp the German Universities with an overwhelming percentage of Jewish students”
This resolution is regarded as a first step towards a numerous clausus agitation in Germany. Nationalist student circles declare that organized in the two-thirds of the Berlin Students are Aryan Nationalist student bodies, and that approximately the same ratio obtains in regard to the rest of the German Universities.
In the event of the resolution being adopted, the next step will be to submit it to the Prussian Ministry for Education. The “Vossiche Zeitung” in reporting the resolution, draws the attention of the Minister for Education to the ordinance issued in July, 1922, declaring that there must be no discrimination against Jewish students. The “Vossische Zeitung” expresses the hope that the Minister for Education will know how to deal with the resolution when it is submitted to him and points to the urgent necessity of nipping the numerus clausus agitation in the bud before it has grown to formidable proportions.