BERLIN (Jul. 24)
Prof. Gustav Adolf Deissmann, rector of the University of Berlin, whose resignation had been demanded last week by Karl Zweig because the latter’s stepson, Leo Dobriner, had been expelled from the University on unfounded charges of having participated in the recent anti-Semitic student riots, was replaced today by Heinrich Lueders, professor of Indo-Aryan philology at the University of Berlin.
In an open letter to Professor Deissmann, Herr Zweig had accused him of ruining a stepson’s life by ousting him from the university. Jewish students were of the opinion that Dr. Deissmann’s action in expelling Dobriner was due to his endeavor to maintain a fifty-fifty balance between the Nazis and Jews in expelling students, although the Jews were blameless. Dobriner sought to commit suicide two weeks ago when Dr. Deissman expelled him.
The new rector is well known in his field. He is the author of numerous works on classical and Hindu literature and on Sanskrit.