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German'U' Upholds Freedom



Re lec s

(EDITOR'S NOTZ: Erhard Lippman
is the Exchange Student from the
Free University of Berlin presently
studying at the. University. A native
of West Berlin, Lippman, 24 years
old, is studying economics in gradu-
ate school here. He lives in West
Quad's Michigan House. The fol-
lowing is an article on the history
and spirit of FUB, prepared by Lipp-
man for The Daily.)

SGC Exchange Program
Petitioning Opens Today

are forbidden. It is in the spirit
of the FUB that "honor" is con-
ceived of as treating a colleague
justly and is not defended by
carving his face with a sabre
which is usually done at these fra-
ternities of the other universities.



------- -- -- -- --- -'---- ' --- ni._ i

We, the students of the Free
University of Berlin (Freie Uni-
versitaet Berlin) have a pride in
our alma mater which is perhaps
unequalled anywhere in the mod-
ern world.
We are new in the physical
sense-ideologically no university
is older. We are new in the mater-
ial sense, meaning as our statutes
are new. We are ancient in the
philosophical sense because our
University is dedicated to the
A eternal battle for the preservation
of freedom against all tyranny.
Our University was born among
the ruins of a destroyed Facism of
the extreme right and was con-
pceived in reaction to the new
Facism of the extreme left.
In autumn 1945 when the signs
of life slowly returned to the ruins
which once formed a large part of
Berlin, a small body of students
and professors emerged to get the
wheels of liberal education turning
once again. At this point the story
of our University commences.
Though ironic, the parties most
interested in those early days in
reviving higher education were a
small circle of liberal-minded stu-
dents and professors on the one
hand and the Soviet military gov-
ernment on the other. The now-
famous Free University of Berlin
was to be the final result of this
In 1946 the well-known old Ber-
lin University was reopened by
order of the Soviets in the East
Sector of Berlin.
From the beginning on, there
was an increasing suppression on
the democratic Student Council.
Frau Professor Knake, Dean of
the Medical Faculty, was removed
by the Communist Administration.
She had criticized in public the
one-sided political entrance ex-
ams: children of workers were
given higher preference over those
of professional men or "capital-
In 1947 the Soviet Secret Police
(MVD) kidnapped the democrat
students Georg Wradzilo (former
Nazi concentration camp inmate
for his role in a German under-
ground movement), Manfred Klein
and Gerda Roesch. The combined
efforts of protesting fellow stu-
dents, the revolted public and the
now-aroused Western Forces to
procure a rair trial for the victims
failed to faze the Russians. To the
best of anyone's knowledge these
students languish in prison up to
this day.
The three editors of the student
paper "Colloquium" and spokes-
men of the student opposition were
expelled from the university on
Chest Will Grant
Charity Requests
Allocations Board of Campus
Chest is accepting requests for
funds, Don MacClennan, '57, presi-
dent of Campus Chest announced
Any campus charity organiza-
tion requesting a portion of the
Chest's proceeds must have awrit-
ten request in MacClennan's hands
by Nov. 16.

Petitioning is now open for Stu-
. eu- It would fill volumes to describe
3 9 dent Government Council's ex-
change student program with the all institutions and facilities at the
Free University of Berlin. FUB, however, I will not omit to
According to FUB Director Scott mention our "Mensa" (from Latin
Chrysler, '57, the program is an mensalis) meaning the university
education and cultural exchange dining hall, a 3-story combination
between the University and the of dining halls, meeting rooms,
Berlin school. Emphasis is laid on lounges, etc., which was construct-
student activities at both schools. ed by aid of a several million DM
While at the Free University, the contribution of the Ford Founda-
University student receives tuition, tion.
-yoom and board, a moderate month- This lovely campus structure has
yrcome to fill the role of the "student
ly allowance and travel expensesuno~trdina toAecn
fwithin Germany. Travel expenses! on raionlt erican
t to and from Germany may be paid campus life. "A quick beer at the
- .' for by a Fulbright Travel Grant. Mensa" or "a cognac at the Mensa"
Chrysler said any student ie -ucay rated forstudents-are
- Iested in applying for the PUB, campus by-words. If one is poor or
*..* .~ scholarships should have a goodl brave or both one can get the
be able to speak German. lunch.- Our American colleagues
lePetitioning closes Nov. 26. Peti- have dubbed it "bellybomber," but
tions and information are avail- we enjoy reminding them that it
able in the Office of Student Af- is not necessary to return for
ERHARD 0. LIPPMAN fairs, 1020 Adminlistration Build- second helpings (which they gen-
...FUB Student ing. erally do).
------- - -----Maybe it is usefu lto say some-
account of articles which consti- diploma there and am now work- thing about the status of Berlin
tuted a bitter attack on Soviet ing for a MA degree at the Uni- u as a university city. Berlin as a
hadigofuiestisiIh cultural center has, among others,
demonstrations against this Soviet versity of Michigan. three opera houses, many very
Soviet one. After large student Nowadays more than 55 per cent good theatres, orchestras, mu-
action public attention focused on of the 10,000 students of the FUB seums, art galleries and style and
Berlin University conditions. are from behind the Iron Curtain. fashion shows of the continent.
The West Sector Assembly voted Most of them receive scholarships To students of languages, politi-!
to found a free university in West (necessity of "diligence" exams at cal science, history or physics
Berlin. Problems facing the estab- the end of each semester to qualify (Berlin has an atomic reactor) the'
lishment were complicated by the for next semester's scholarship) chances to study in this interesting
Soviet blockade and by the cur- provided by the Senate of Berlin. city behind the Iron Curtain are
rency reform. Help of American unique. Last, but not least, Berlin
authorities in Berlin will not be Because our University is not is surrounded by marvelous lakes
forgotten. Our finances being a heaven of "Student Princes" and and forests and outdoor fans have
severely limited, one of our most because the wherewithal to study a "field day" there.
vital early sources was the dona- is not an easy matter for many And going to the ast Sector and
tion of a small "cultural fund" by of our students, they have -to make An oing tontheatecrnd
the "Neue Zeitung," the American money in their free time to live viitn l other side of
newspaper in Berlin. over the bare subsistence granted horizon of a stranger w
In November 1948, with motors by the scholarship-they are as a
of the airlift roaring overhead, the rule conscientious and responsible -
Free University of Berlin was offi- to a high degree. Nurses Visit
cially unveiled to the world. U.S. Our average student is alivei
Sector Commandant Howley, May- politically and socially which is A group of 46 nurses from all
or Reuter and playwright-novelist partly evidenced by the fact that parts of the state is at the Uni-
Thornton Wilder were among those there are 45 different student or- versity this week attending a work-
who addressed the people at the ganizations and fraternities at our shop on operating room nursing.I
inaugural ceremony, university. The workshop is designed to
Under the first president, the re- It might be parenthetically noted teach operating room staff nurses,
knowned historian Friedrich Mein- that our University is the only one head nurses, clinical instructors,
ecke, the university was officially in West Germany where "Schla- and supervisors of Michigan hos-
launched under the motto of its gende Korporationen" - known pitals to train surgical technical
great seal: Veritas, Jistitia, Liber- abroad as dueling fraternities - aides.
tas. -_---- -- - -
When the thrilling news reached 11. ;;;;;;;>c;><;> <;;;;o<;;;;><;;;>_;;;;> ::><;;;;;;>0<;;;;;C=X;>o-
the hosts of longing young people Ii
in the Soviet Zone and even in R rnn i t f i L ,1\rJ D;--n


BAROQUE TRIO-Members of University musical group in rehearsal for teIevis

e el
i versi7)ty
Behind the high-stepping pre-
cision of the University Marching
Band, the practiced perfection of
the Michigan Singers and the
melodius rehearsal of the Univer-
sity Symphony Orchestra, lies
many hours of painstaking rehear-
Many campus musical groups
have their source in the School
of Music, some are faculty groups,
some students and others are pro-
Many University musical groups
make state-wide, nation-wide or
world-wide tours as representatives
of the University musical world.
The reputation of many far sur-
pass similar groups on the nation's
1The University Marching Band
is known as the nation's finest
college organization. From its
humble beginning in 1844, the
band has increased from nine
students playing for campus chapel
services to a 250-member group
which has been the subject of
movie shorts and features in many
sion appearance. of the nations'magazines.
The University Choirs under
Maynard Klein's direction now en-
compass six groups and 400 voices.
The 250-voice University choir is
the largest of the choirs while
the Michigan Singers, an ad-
vanced, select group, includes some
50 voices.
To further the reputation of
R.University music, well-known mu-
sicians from all over the U.S. and
the world are brought to Ann
Arbor. Josef Blatt, director of
University Orchestra, is an ex-
ample of this.
Blatt, before coming to the Unl-
versity was assistant conductor of
the Metropolitan Opera Co. and
..,.appeared as guest conductor with
the New York Philharmonic and
the Vienna Concert Orchestra.
From Percival Price playing the
carillon in the heights of Burton
Tower to the lowliest freshman
laboring away to master the com-
plexities of next Saturday's band
show, Michigan music exists.
It is heard emanating from the
vastness of the Stadium on a
Saturday afternoon and from the
Edill Auditorium concert stage, it
is heard in late afternoon carillon
Whenever it is heard, many
hundreds of man hours spent in
[RA DIRECTOR practicing and rehearsing are real-
if. Josef Blatt ized.


some East Block, countries the
response was electric. Most of
these students carelesely' and dar-
igly dashed from under the Soviet
dumb to the free "lighthouse" Ber-
When living in the Soviet Zone
many of them (like me) were com-
pelled by the Russians to work in
state owned plants because we did
not join Communist groups and
parties. After graduating from
high school .I had to work in a
uranium mine (later in a salt
mine) for two years.
After taking up contact with
American and West Berlin author-
ities I went to Berlin in winter1
1951 and passed my entrance exam
to the FUB. This year I got my

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India Art Shop
330 Maynard
S)=f Ot }UtC

ORGANIST-Robert Noehren, University- musician, practicing on ... Pro
historic organ in his Hill Auditorium studio.

Story by
Photographs by


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