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Government Prohibits Data on Number of Jews in Hungarian Colleges

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(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Official information of the number of Jewish students admitted this semester to Hungarian universities and colleges could not be secured, in view of the refusal of the university authorities to make public such figures. This refusal was said to be the result of an order issued by Minister of Education Klebelsberg.

Leaders of the liberals who interceded with the university authorities concerning the matter were given the assurance that the Jewish students “will receive the same consideration as in previous years.”

Unofficial statistics published in the Budapest press indicate that the percentage of five and a half was adhened to insofar as the applications of Jewish students were concerned. According to these figures the number of Jewish students addmitted in the Budapest colleges amounts to only five and a half percent of the total admissions. Those excluded are mainly Jewish young women. In the School of Philosophy no Jewish women students were admitted.

The authorities were more liberal in the admission of Jewish students from the territories which were formerly Hungarian and have been separated under the provisions of the Treaty of Trianon. Of the forty students admitted from this region. six and a half percent are Jewish.

Heartrending scenes occurred Friday in the administrative offices of the University of Budapest when a considerable group of Jewish students came to inquire whether their registration had been accepted. On learning that they were excluded, many of them wept bitterly.

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