Warsaw (Jan. 31)
The anti-Semitic National Democratic Party is making an effort to bring about a series of new anti-Jewish disturbances in the various University Centers.
This time the National Democrats are utilizing as a pretext for their agitation against the Jews, alleged Jewish responsibility for the threatening abolition of University autonomy. Limitations on University autonomy were proposed following the November anti-Jewish riots.
Student mass meetings are now being organized in Cracow and Warsaw to protest against the projected limitation of University autonomy.
Deputy Sommerstein, addressing the Sejm Education Committee yesterday, referred to this attempt and deplored the tendency to draw Jews into a political fight. The Jewish attitude is a practical one, based upon experiences during recent excesses when the university authorities failed to protect the Jewish students and failed likewise either to arrest or sentence the student rioters, the Jewish deputy stated.
A draft of a bill proposing a reduction in the autonomy of the universities has recently been presented to the Minister of Education. Students and professors have debated the subject and strong protests against it have been received by the Ministry of Education from rectors and university professors.