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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 8, No. 8 June 27, 1945



When, a week after these events, at the end of July, '42, the Ministry applied these regulations, there was much opposition. According to this regulation 25 per cent. of the new students were chosen by the State. In reply the professors, tutors, and lecturers resigned en bloc.

In February '43 the Germans and the Quisling Government convoked an assembly at the Aula of Oslo University to announce that students would be exempted from forced labour. Later, the minutes of the assembly meeting were modified and the organisers claimed that it had been decided to adhere to the collaborationist party, which had recently been created.

By some 3,000 letters individually signed by their own hand, the students categorically disclaimed any such party alignment. In spite of three arrests and various attempts at intimidation, only one student consented to withdraw his protest.

On August 31, 1943, the Nazis once more attempted to secure the acceptance of their "Fuhrerprinzip." The Ministry's project encountered very strong opposition and Rector Hole gave an assurance to the professors that the regulation would not be enforced before 1944, and that the admission of students would not be established upon political discrimination. This promise was given in writing and countersigned by Skancke. The University considered it necessary to define its position once more: this was done in a declaration to the Ministry of Culture. This text, which was approved by five faculties, as well as in the sixth, in spite of the opposition of Prof. Klaus Hansen, referred to the resolution of September '42. At the same time as 500 other Norwegians, a first contingent of 300 students was deported to Germany on December 9, 1943. Among them were 35 students from Trondheim; according to the most recent reports, it is calculated that there are now about 700 students deported and placed in two concentration camps. The Norsk Bulletin of March 25, 1944, states that they have been sent to training camps in Thurigen and Alsace, where they undergo training in Nazi principles.

(Taken from "ISS Quarterly Bulletin" of December, 1944.)