Search JTA's historical archive dating back to 1923

Polish Cabinet Fails Because of Numerus Clausus Question

September 28, 1926
See Original Daily Bulletin From This Date

(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

The Bartel government, formed immediately after the “moral revolution” of May 12 under the leadership of Marshal Pilsudski, fell because of the numerus clausus.

The motion to express lack of confidence in the Minister of Education, Sojkowski, which was introduced by the Club of Jewish Deputies, was motivated by the continued application of the numerus clausus against Jewish students after the May revolution and by the fact that the ordinance abolishing the numerus clausus came after enrollment in the colleges was closed.

Simultaneously, a motion was introduced into the Sejm by the Right parties, asking for a vote of lack of confidence in Minister Sojkowski for his too liberal policy toward the national minorities. When the motion was put to a vote, it was passed by a large majority, the Jewish deputies and the Right deputies voting for the motion for their several reasons. When the result of the vote was announced, Prime Minister Bartel resigned on behalf of the entire cabinet as an expression of solidarity. It is surmised that President Moscicki will not accept the resignation. In case he does, it is expected that Bartel will be intrusted with forming a new Cabinet. Another possibility is that former minister of agriculture Raczynski will be intrusted with forming a cabinet.

The ex-premier left for Druskieniki, a resort where Marshal Pilsudski is on his vacation, for the purpose of consulting with the Marshal on the situation.

Recommended from JTA