Hitlerism Taking Hold of Latvian Student Youth and Hostile Atmosphere Exists Between German and Jewi

In many of the German secondary schools in Latvia, the Nazi movement has spread to an alarming degree, and Jewish pupils are being insulted and beaten by their colleagues, it was stated by M. Waxmut, the head of the German Education Department, at a meeting of the Educational Commission held in the Seym. The German student youth in Latvia has joined the Nazi movement, which he regarded as a death blow to the future of the German minority in Latvia, he said. The German Education Administration in the country is definitely opposed to the Nazi movement, he declared. There could be no question of permitting politics in the German schools in Latvia. They had to protect not only the German pupils, but also the student youth of other nationalities from this aggressive nationalism. The main purpose of these Nazi groups in the schools is antisemitism, he said, and between the German and the Jewish school youth there is an atmosphere of hostility which is endangering the whole spirit of their education among children belonging to various nationalities in a country like Latvia.

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