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New Rector at University of Vienna to Aid Jewish Status

The appointment of M. Uebersberger as the new rector of the University of Vienna is expected in Jewish circles here to result in an improved attitude towards the Jewish students at the University. This expectation is based not only on the fact that the new rector is known as just a Christian but because he is a member of the Austrian pro-Palestine committee and very friendly to Zionism.

In recent weeks the Jewish students at the University of Vienna had been subjected to considerable unpleasantness as a result of a decree from the former rector granting the German Students’ Union the sole right to act as the students’ representatives. The Union then barred all students who could not prove their Germanic origin, hence excluding the Jewish students. This situation is expected to be changed with the new University administration.

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