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Democrats, Socialists in Hungary Ask Total Abolition of Numerus Clausus

January 13, 1928
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(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

The government bill for the modification of the numerus clausus law, passed by the education committee, will be taken up by the House as an urgent matter, parliament voted today.

The passage of the bill by the education committee was effected over the protests of the Socialist and Democratic deputies. These deputies declined to vote for the bill, declaring it to be an insincere attempt at legislating a measure which was in no way the reform it purported to be. Even the Liberal wing of the government party, headed by Deputy Kallay, expressed indignation at the statement made by Count Klebelsberg that the bill will in no way increase the number of Jewish students admitted to the universities and colleges.

The Democratic and Socialist deputies announced that they will demand, from the floor of the House, the total abolition of the numerus clausus in the medical and technical schools since the country needs physicians and technicians. Count Klebelsberg, in reply, stated that a complete abolition of the numerus clausus would be premature at this time.

Prime Minister Bethlen expressed the same opinion but added that the present situation of Hungary would not bear up with an unfavorable decision of the League of Nations. “We will have to abolish the numerus clausus totally or leave the League of Nations,” he said.

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