31 JULY 1941, Page 4

A letter in The Spectator has borne satisfactory fruit. Some

six weeks ago Mr. P. F. Wiener, who is German master at Rugby, wrote to express astonishment that the Oxford and Cambridge Joint Examination Board should have prescribed for " general reading " for candidates for the Higher Certifi- cate examination for 1942 a book called Das Neue Deutsch- land, which is an unconcealed laudation of Hitler and the Nazi regime. On this a question was asked on the subject in the House of Commons, the President of the Board of Education promised to look into the matter, and on Wednes- day of this week it was announced that the book had been withdrawn from the examination-syllabus. How it ever got there remains a mystery.

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