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Special Police Detailed to Austrian Universities

For the first time since the modification of the university autonomy act, special university police took over the supervision of the universities in order to ensure peace and to prevent anti-Semitic disturbances in connection with the anti-government agitation.

Dr. Kurt Schusschnigg, Minister of Education in the cabinet of personalities that recently came into power, instructed the university authorities to hand to the police lists of foreign students so that the police may identify the instigators of disturbances among them, particularly the foreign Nazi students.

The Austrian universities have enjoyed autonomy for hundreds of years. It was only after serious anti-Semitic riots broke out this Spring that police dared to enter the university grounds and violate the age-old autonomy of the universities. Among the injured students in the riots were several American Jews.

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