New Brunswick, N. J. (May. 23)
A number of students and graduates of the Women’s College of Rutgers University appeared today as witnesses before the board of trustees’ committee investigating the charges of anti-Semitism against Dr. Frederick J. Hauptmann, head of the German department of the Women’s College.
All witnesses testified that Dr. Hauptmann maintained an anti Semitic attitude in the classrooms. Miss Isabel Shackell, a non-Jewish graduate of 1934, declared that al though she had told Dr. Hauptmann that she is not a Jewess, he did not believe her and unjustly gave her poor marks for a period of two years.
CONVINCED OF BIAS
“I am convinced that Dr. Hauptmann and his wife are definitely prejudiced against Jews,” Miss Shackell said.
Asked by a member of the in quiry committee what marks Jewish students received in the German department, Miss Shackell said that only two Jewish students who were so good that they were above reproach, received good marks.
The testimony of Miss Shackell was followed by similar testimony from other recent graduates. Miss Frances M. Williams, a senior and former editor of the Campus News, testified that she first heard of Nazi propaganda in the classrooms last Fall when Dr. Hauptmann was preparing for a visit to Germany.
Miss Marian Short, the present editor of the Campus News, testified that many letters of protest from students came in to the university paper when Prof. Leinard Bergel was dismissed by Dr. Hauptmann for opposing Nazi proaganda in the German department.