Warsaw University Institute Founded by Jews Must Not Be Barred to Jewish Students: Statement by Scho
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Warsaw University Institute Founded by Jews Must Not Be Barred to Jewish Students: Statement by Scho

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Among the University institutes in Warsaw at which anti-Jewish disturbances took place in November and demands were made by the Christian students that no Jews should be allowed to study, there was the Institute of Machinery Construction and Electrical Engineering, founded by Hipolit Wawelberg and Stanislaw Rotwand, two prominent Jews of their time, whose name the Institute still bears. Most of the descendants of both families now belong to the Christian Church. The Christian students at the Institute have not ceased their agitation since November, and attacks on the Jewish students have been continued uninterruptedly till the present day.

Those members of the Wawelberg family who have remained Jews have in consequence been making representations to the Government and to the Institute authorities, and the latter have now issued a communique, which says:

The occurrences in the Institute since the autumn of last year, continuing practically up to the present moment, show that the mutual relations between the Christian and Jewish students are such that cannot be tolerated. According to the agreement between the Government and the heirs of Hipolit Wawelberg and Stanislaw Rotwand, the facilities of, this school are for students without distinction of their nationality and religion. The Constitution of the Polish Republic, too, assures equal protection for all citizens of the country. For this reason all anti-Jewish manifestations, individual or collective, within the school building will be rigorously punished.

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