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University Authorities Upbraided

The university authorities in Kiel have been taken to task by Mayor Karl Heinz Luckhordt of that north German city and by the Social Democratic parliamentary faction of Schleswig – Holstein for refusing to establish a foundation in the names of former professors, most of them Jews, who were ousted from their jobs during the Nazi era. The Social Democrats called the university position “an alarming manifestation of disregard for the fate” of Nazi victims.

The idea for the foundation originated with students who did research on the Nazi era in Kiel. Their report noted that the city and the university in particular, were among the earliest strongholds of Nazism in Germany. They proposed the establishment of a post-graduate scholarship on the Nazi era to be awarded once every five years.