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Numerus Clausus at Polish Universities Will Prevent Constant Attacks on Jewish Students: How Profess

March 5, 1932
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The motion introduced into Parliament by the antisemitic National Democratic Party on December 19th. for the enforcement of a numerus clausus law at all Polish universities, restricting the number of non-Christian students in proportion to their percentage in the total population of the country, came up to-day for consideration at the meeting of the Educational Commission of the Seym.

Professor Kalmarnicki, Professor of Constitutional Law at Vilna University, in explaining the Bill on behalf of the National Democratic Party, said that the numerus clausus would put a stop to the constant anti-Jewish fighting at the Universities. He quoted in this connection the Juedisches Lexicon edited by Dr. Klatzkin, to show that Czarist Russia, Imperial Germany and the Austro-Hungarian Empire had enforced a numerus clausus against Jewish students.

The Government representative, M. Stypinski, and Deputy Bogdani, a member of the Government Party, urged that there was no need for a numerus clausus law in Poland. The motion introduced by the National Democratic Party, they said, was in contradiction to the Polish Constitution, which guarantees the principle of equal rights of all citizens, and it was also in conflict with the Minorities Treaties, so that its enforcement would be harmful to the interests of Poland, and would lead the League of Nations to intervene and demand the abolition of the numerus clausus law.

Deputy Minzberg, President of the Lodz Jewish Community, who is one of the leaders of the Agudath Israel, and is a member of the Government Parliamentary Party, delivered a long speech, in which he vehemently opposed the idea of a numerus clausus law, and called upon the Parliament to refuse to consider it. Deputy Sommerstein will speak to-morrow against the bill in the name of the Club of Jewish Deputies.

The motion is due to come up next week before the plenary session of the Seym.

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