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Berlin University Authorities Accused of Playing Politics in Sentencing Participants in January Dist

The sentences passed by the Berlin University authorities in connection with the disturbances which occurred there on January 22nd. are condemned to-day by the democratic papers as a political manoeuvre, the purpose of which is to show that the fault does not lie with the Hitlerists alone, but is shared equally between all parties. There can be no other explanation, they say, for suspending two Hitlerists and two Socialists, one of the latter, a Jew, Karl Eckstein, whose part in the affair was no more than to go to the defence of a Jewish girl student who was being beaten by Hitlerists.

The only possible course for the University authorities, the papers say, is to prohibit the Nazi Student Union, which is solely responsible for the provocation which is constantly leading to these outbreaks of hooliganism at the University.

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