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Polish Government Gathering Evidence in Connection with Dr. Thon’s Interpellation

The Minister of Interior has requested the Governor of Lemberg to secure from the authorities investigating the disturbances at Lemberg a detailed report regarding the occurrences, in order to compare the official reports with the interpellation to the Sejm, submitted by Dr. Thon, President of the Club of Jewish Deputies. This request is taken to have special reference to charges made against the Lemberg police for failing to do their duty, as well as the complaint against the authorities of the Lemberg University who were declared to have attended the funeral of Jan Grotkowski, who was at first alleged to have been murdered by Jews. The official participation by the University authorities was claimed by Dr. Thon to have served as encouragement to the rioters and as confirmation that the dead student had suffered a sort of martyrdom.

At the same time, the Rector of Lemberg University, Pastor Gerstman, has issued a denial regarding official participation by the Professors of the University in Grotkowski’s funeral. He declares that the members of the University Senate were not present, only the Rector himself being present among the participating priests. He explains that he was there only in his capacity of Honorary President of the corporation to which Grotkowski belonged. It was in this capacity that he was invited to participate in the funeral. In addition the Rector of the Polytechnic has issued a denial of participation in the funeral, declaring that only the dean of the Academy was present as Curator of another student corporation.

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