November 22, 1935, Page 1
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Teachers, "Lovers of Culture,"
Decry the Effect of Fascism
On Academic Thought
OPPOSE NAZI OLYMPICS
Article Cites Reasons For Advo-
cating Removal of Games To
The first issue of "U.A.R.
Record," bulletin of the Union Against Reaction, which is composed of
the day and evening teachers of Brooklyn College, was received by the
entire college staff in their mail Tuesday.
Viewing with alarm the
dismissal of students and teachers for anti-war activity, the
curtailment of educational facilities, and the suppression of civil
right and academic freedom, the Union pledges itself to "actively
assist the forces fighting such reactionary Fascist movements."
"The Union Against Reaction is composed of teachers who are
lovers of culture," declares the bulletin, "and as teachers they know
well that Fascism deals none too tenderly with academic aloofness or
disinterested research, and that it does not spare even scientists,
mathematicians or technicians."
An article on the 1936
Olympics enumerates the reasons for the Union's advocation of the
removal of the games to a non-fascist country, The disqualification of
the Protestant winning team in July of 1 this year because they "did
not sufficiently understand the National Socialist Ideology," the
plastering of the Central Berlin Municipal bath with signs reading
"Jews are not wanted," and the fact that Theodor Lewald, head of the
German Olympic committee has no authority to have these signs removed
for the official games (indicate that the Olympic games will be used by
Hitler for the furtherance of Nazi ideology) it stated. Asserting that
teachers as well as athletes are involved in the Olympic question, the
article concluded by declaring, "In the fight against fascism there can
be no non-combatants."
Dr. Bernard D. N. Grebanier
of the English department, reviews Sinclair Lewis' book, "It Can't
Happen Here," He praises it as a sincere attack upon Fascist movements
in the United States. A bibliographical guide to the pamphlets, novels
and plays recently published against fascism and a humorous "Handbook
for Reactionaries" are included in the bulletin.
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