Nazi Plan Dooms Jews’ Rights to Attend Colleges
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Nazi Plan Dooms Jews’ Rights to Attend Colleges

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New regulations issued today by Prussian Minister of Education Dr. Bernhard Rust in effect bar Jewish students from higher educations and make certain that the Jewish colleges and high schools in Germany, of which there are a number, are condemned to disappear.

The new regulations, which are part of the Nazi law for combating the overcrowding of German universities, colleges and high schools, provide that Jewish colleges and high schools must not enroll any new students this year. The Jewish schools affected by the laws are located in Frankfurt am Main, Cologne and Breslau.

In the German universities and colleges, the regulations provide for the admission of Jews in accordance with their proportion in the general population and in the following order, students of mixed “Aryan” and “non-Aryan” blood, Jews whose families have been resident in Germany for many decades, and finally Jewish students whose families settled in Germany more recently.

A clause in the new regulation stipulates preference in admission be given to “non-Aryan” students against whom there is the least objection from the Nazi point of view.


Minister Rust’s instructions provide that in case there are more applications for admission to the universities then there is room, preference must be given to “Aryan” students, even if this necessitates the further limitation of the “non-Aryan” quota.

Nazi officials recently announced that the normal quota of 30,000 new students annually enrolling in German colleges and universities would be cut to 15,000 this year.

Jewish students in German universities are severely discriminated against. In the early months of the Hitlerite regime, yellow cards for Jewish students were introduced and they were forbidden to use university libraries and to live in university dormitories. At one school, the Nazi students staged a hostile demonstration in the class room of an “Aryan” professor accused of having spoken favorably about the Jews. The teacher was compelled to resign his post.


Jewish medical students are not permitted to receive their diplomas unless they waive their rights to practice medicine in Germany.

A few days ago Reichsminister of the Interior Dr. Frick announced that all doctors, dentists and chemists applying for licenses to practice would not be admitted unless it is shown that there is no reason to suspect “their national and moral trustworthiness.” It is understood that the phrase merely provides another weapon whereby the Nazis will be able to prevent Jewish graduates from entering these professions.

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