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Report Professor Cohn Will Not Resume Lectures at Breslau After Recess

January 11, 1933
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Professor Ernst Cohn, whose lectures at the University of Breslau have been the cause of repeated attack by the Nazis, will not resume his lectures when the vacations are over, it became known here yesterday.

This curtailment of Professor Cohn’s professorial rights is planned in order to avoid a repetition of the Nazi disturbances.

The University Senate, which meets at the end of the week, will, Professor Cohn believes, agree to afford him protection so that he may continue his teaching duties. The Nazi members of the faculty, however, are conducting an intensive agitation against the Jewish professor and seek to prevail upon the Senate to pass a verdict unfavorable to Professor Cohn.

Since the assumption of his duties last November, Professor Cohn has been the target of persistent attack by the Nazis. At first he was afforded protection by the University. Recently, however, the Senate and the Rector jointly issued a statement declaring that Professor Cohn’s lectures could no longer be tolerated because he had been guilty of political indiscretion. The reference was to a statement made by Professor Cohn, to an inquiry of a newspaper concerning his views on the right of asylum of Leon Trotsky, that spiritual workers always deserve asylum provided they do not engage in politics.

The statement of the University Senate aroused a storm of protest among students, professors, alumni and the press. The matter was brought to the attention of the Minister of Education and on January 4th the Minister arranged a conference with Rector Broeckelman of the University of Breslau and a representative of the University Senate.

Following the conference a communique was issued declaring that the Senate in its statement had not intended to reprimand Professor Cohn and that “a consultation shortly, with the entire professorial collegium will clear up the matter.”

This communique was interpreted as presaging a victory for Professor Cohn.

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