Hungarian Government Called to Showdown on Numerus Clausus Issue

(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

The Hungarian government was pressed to the wall and forced to make clear its position with regard to the long promised abolition of the numerus clausus against Jewish students in Hungarian universities and colleges.

In addition to the promise given by the government to the Council of the League of Nations when the matter was brought up at the complaint of the Joint Foreign Committee of the Board of Jewish Deputies and the Anglo-Jewish Association, the candidates on the government ticket in the recent election made similar promises.

On the strength of these promises, Deputy Bela Fabian, Jewish spokesman, moved a resolution Friday asking for the abolition of the numerus clausus. He pointed out that this resolution was in accordance with the promises of the government party candidates.

The resolution, however, found no endorsement either from the government or the government deputies. Count Klebelsburg, Minister of Education, speaking on the subject refused to endorse the resolution, declaring that the government “has already repeatedly expressed its opinion that it is desirable that the numerus clausus be modified in the future.” It was, however, impossible at present to set the date for the abolition of the law, he stated.

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