Budapest (Jun. 21)
The elimination of numerus clausus restrictions on Jewish students in the Hungarian universities was demanded here at the parliamentary session last night by Rudolf Ruppert, Catholic member.
Mr. Ruppert pointed out that in justice to the young generation of Hungary, it was high time that the numerus clausus, which has been in existence fifteen years, be abolished. He emphasized that under the present exchange regulations, when Hungarian citizens are not permitted to take money out of the country they cannot study in foreign universities. It is therefore in the interests of Hungary, he said, to admit freely all students who seek to enter her universities.
“When the numerus clausus was introduced in 1920, the young men of our present generation were only children at that time. Why should they suffer now?” the Catholic parliamentarian asked. “Why should the unity of our nation be disrupted by regulations which may have been justified fifteen years ago, but not now?”
The appeal by Deputy Ruppert was not sympathetically received. The entire opposition left the session as soon as the Catholic parliamentraian started his speech. Only about fifty members remained until the end of his address, some of them heckling him with ironic and irritating remarks.