179 Non-jewish Scholars Assail “ghetto” Benches; 5 Nobel Prize Winners Sign Protest

A STATEMENT SIGNED BY 179 NON-JEWISH AMERICAN SCHOLARS, WARNING THAT "THE ‘GHETTO BENCHES’ ARE THE BEGINNING OF THE REGIMENTATION OF THE ACADEMIC LIFE OF POLAND," WAS MADE PUBLIC TODAY BY THE INSTITUTE OF INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION, OF WHICH DR. STEPHEN DUGGAN IS DIRECTOR. THE SIGNERS INCLUDE FIVE NOBEL PRIZE WINNERS, EIGHT MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS OF THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITY PROFESSORS, 59 UNIVERSITY AND COLLEGE PRESIDENTS AND 107 DEANS AND PROFESSORS.

CONDEMNING SEGREGATION OF JEWS AS A VIOLATION OF MINORITY GUARANTEES, THE STATEMENT SAYS, "THAT THE POLISH GOVERNMENT SHOULD HAVE YIELDED TO A CAMPAIGN OF VIOLENCE BY ANTI-SEMITIC STUDENTS AND ILLEGAL TERRORIST GROUPS IS INDEED MOST ALARMING."

THE STATEMENT ASSERTS THAT "REGIMENTATION MAY COMMENCE WITH OPPRESSION OF JEWISH STUDENTS BUT FREEDOM TO LEARN WILL AS SURELY DISAPPEAR IN POLAND AS FREEDOM TO TEACH HAS ALREADY DISAPPEARED IN EVERY TOTALITARIAN STATE."

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