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Numerus Clausus in Hungary: Important Decision by Supreme Court Finds Government Must Accord Right T

A decision has been handed down this week by the Supreme Court, which, it is stated, will establish a valuable precedent in a matter of the utmost importance to Jewish students who have been compelled by the operation of the Numerus Clausus to go abroad to obtain their professional education, and who have found on returning to Hungary that their foreign diplomas were refused recognition by the authorities, so that they were unable to practise their professions, medical, legal, or whatever else it might be.

Dr. Martin Kupferstein, a Doctor of Medicine of Vienna University, who encountered this difficulty on his return to his native country, brought an action for damages against the Hungarian State, complaining that it was without any justification debarring him from practising his profession, although he was a properly qualified doctor. All the lower courts dismissed his action, ordering him to pay the costs.

The Supreme Court has found this week, however, in favour of Dr. Kupferstein, and has ordered the Government to see to it that his diploma should be registered and that the complainant should be enabled to practise his profession.