Professor Cohn’s Duties at Breslau Assured by Senate; to Be Protected by Government
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Professor Cohn’s Duties at Breslau Assured by Senate; to Be Protected by Government

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Professor Ernst Cohn, by the majority vote of the Senate of the University of Breslau and consent of Rector Brockelman, will be permitted to resume his lectures, beginning today.

The students at the University, the Nazi faction of which have been creating repeated disturbances against the Jewish professor, have been called upon to observe order. The government, it was announced, would undertake sharp measures against those responsible for disturbing the peace.

The question of Professor Cohn’s teaching activity is now considered closed after a long controversy which involved the Minister of Education of Prussia, after the Senate had decided that Professor Cohn’s teaching activities could no longer be tolerated. This decision was adopted after repeated attacks, which had led to the closing of the University and after Professor Cohn had replied to a newspaper inquiry concerning his view on the right to asylum in Germany of Leon Trotsky, the exiled Soviet leader. Professor Cohn declared that he considered that all spiritual workers are entitled to asylum provided they do not engage in political activity. This statement precipitated the declaration of the University Senate and brought about the Minister of Education’s intervention in Professor Cohn’s behalf.

The government has taken precautions to protect Professor Cohn when he resumes his lectures.

A surprising development at the meeting of the University Senate was the fact that the anti-Semitic professorial group failed to register a minority vote.

Democratic circles attack the Senate for demanding at the outset the withdrawal by Professor Cohn of his statement with regard to Trotsky. They contend that such a demand is a violation of the right to liberty of opinion.

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