Polish, German universities to waive Nazi-era stripping of titles by Breslau University

A spokesman says, in a symbolic gesture, Polish and German scholars will waive the Nazi-era decision by Germany's former Breslau University to strip some 260 academics of their doctors' titles.

Jacek Przygodzki, the spokesman for the southwest Wroclaw University, told The Associated Press on Thursday the Jan.22 ceremony being held with the German University of Cologne aims to condemn political meddling into academic life. Many of the titles stripped under Germany's Adolf Hitler from 1933-45 were those of Jewish scholars.

Wroclaw University, however, has no authority to reinstate the titles. It was funded on the premises of the Breslau academy that was closed in 1945 when the city became part of Poland.