1 6 4 D O C U M E N T 1 4 5 J A N U A R Y 1 9 2 6 prerequisites for higher education.[4] However, as long as these are still not pres- ent—and the university itself should help create them—the intellectual leadership of the university must continue to be centered where the intellectual focus of Jewry is currently located, i.e., outside of Palestine. It was these considerations that led us to the recognition of the absolute necessity of a provisional division of the admin- istration. The task of the presiding committee, to which the management of the af- fairs of the Board of Governors has been assigned, should now be that of working above all to the end that the university, from its inception on, obtains the character of an absolutely full-fledged scientific institution, to compensate, through the co- operation of the Board of Governors and the Academic Council, for that which, of necessity, must initially be lacking in such an institution in a [new] country: the in- tellectual environment, the cooperation of experienced scientific minds, that intel- lectual substance on which the intensity of all scientific work depends and which normally can develop only gradually. Only in this way did it seem possible to us to secure for the university, from its inception on, the high intellectual level that it needs in order to be able to attract the best minds of all Jewry as teachers and stu- dents, and thus be able to become an intellectual site equal to the universities of other cultures. And we had to take this path since this goal seemed critical to the entire purpose of this institution: this university must never become merely a local university in Palestine.[5] As the latter one, it would be totally meaningless in the currently prevailing circumstances. I presented these considerations last summer in Geneva to Mr. Marshall, who also shared this conception.[6] I have not the slightest doubt that the administrative structure adopted in Munich, which is the only one possible given the entire situa- tion, is the one on which the final constitution of the university must be structured. Respectfully yours, P.S. I would very much like ¢it would be very important to me² to be able to dis- cuss these important issues with you ¢verbally². Perhaps the possibility will arise the next time you are in Europe.[7] 146. Calculations [Berlin, ca. January–February? 1926][1] [Not selected for translation.]
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