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France Grants $100,000 to Hebrew University for Special French Building

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For the first time in the history of the Hebrew University, the pressing political problems affecting the Jewish community in Palestine were referred to today at ceremonies opening the university’s academic year, presided over by Dr. Judah L. Magnes, the institution’s president.

Rector Michael Fetke said that the Jews of Palestine as the vanguard of the Jewish people must be prepared to provide a homeland for the surviving Jews of Europe. The Hebrew University, he added, should become a spiritual center not only for the Jews of this country, but for Jews throughout the world.

Prof. Fetke revealed that the French Government has made a grant of $100,000 to the university for the construction of a building dedicated to the study of French civilization. It also will endow immediately two chairs for the study of French philology and art, and will give scholarships to Hebrew University graduates who wish to study in France.

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