guilty of political indiscretion. The reference was to a statement made by Professor Cohn, to an inquiry of a newspaper concerning his views on the right of asylum of Leon Trotsky, that spiritual workers always deserve asylum provided they do not engage in politics.
The statement of the University Senate aroused a storm of protest among students, professors, alumni and the press. The matter was brought to the attention of the Minister of Education and on January 4th the Minister arranged a conference with Rector Broeckelman of the University of Breslau and a representative of the University Senate.
Following the conference a communique was issued declaring that the Senate in its statement had not intended to reprimand Professor Cohn and that “a consultation shortly, with the entire professorial collegium will clear up the matter.”
This communique was interpreted as presaging a victory for Professor Cohn.