New Brunswick, N. J. (May. 24)
More witnesses to testimy concerning the anti-Semitic attitude of Dr. Frederick J. Hauptmann, head of the German Department of the New Jersey College for Women, appeared today before the investigating committee set up by the board of trustees of Rutgers University.
While a number of witnesses testified that Dr. Hauptmann was outspokenly anti-Jewish, others maintained that he was only pro-Nazi but did not agree with Hitler’s persecution of the Jews.
Miss Mary Atwood, a student, stated that Dr. Hauptmann was extremely active in spreading Hitlerism among the students. Of the eighteen students living in the German House of the college, seventeen have been converted by Dr. Hauptmann to Nazi ideals. The eighteenth is a Jewess.
The witness testified that she herself was opposed to Hitler but Dr. Hauptmann succeeded in convincing her that Hitler was right. Now that the investigation has been started, and the facts have come out more clearly, she is again anti-Nazi, she declared.
A Jewish student, Miss Dorothy Venook, who appeared as witness today, testified that no discrimination was practised against her in the German department, although everyone knew she was Jewish. She declared that while Dr. Hauptmann is undoubtedly pro-Nazi, he does not sympathize with the anti-Jewish persecutions in Germany.