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Harvard, Wisconsin U. Accused of Discriminating Against Jews

July 12, 1971
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Jews are discriminated against by Harvard and Wisconsin Universities because they are visibly in the forefront of change, according to Dorothy Rabinowitz in the summer issue of Change Magazine, a monthly on controversial social and academic topics supported by the Esso Education and Ford Foundations. According to the article entitled “Are Jewish Students Different?” Harvard has reduced the number of students from suburban schools, with a resulting discrimination against Jews. Harvard Dean of Admissions Dr. Chase Peterson is quoted as saying that the number of students from “the donuts around the big attics” has been reduced. A Jewish faculty member is quoted as having retorted “Those aren’t donuts, they’re bagels.”

The situation at the University of Wisconsin is even more deliberate, according to Miss Rabinowitz. She cites a legislative act reducing the enrollment of out-of-state students to 15 percent of the student body. She quotes a legislator arguing against the bill as explaining its purpose and effect: “It was to get rid of the kikes from New York and the dirty niggers.” Since the enactment of that provision, Miss Rabinowitz says, the Jewish student population dropped by two-thirds within a year. She attributed the Admissions Committee dislike of Jewish students to their leadership of social change movements. “Jewish students are over-represented on the anti-establishment activist side” she says, adding that their number is not statistically remarkable. She explains that the over-representation does not constitute a majority of Jews and is simply reflective of the general heavy representation of Jews in good higher educational institutions. She attributes that to Jewish use of education as a survival tool and Jewish cultural familiarity with books.

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