Thursday, July 6, 2000
student drops PhD study
By WINSTON ALDWORTH
Hans-Joachim Kupka has
withdrawn from his PhD study at Waikato
University, but the Jewish
not let the matter rest.
The 55-year-old German student accused
of denying the Holocaust sent a letter to
the university on Tuesday withdrawing his
PhD candidature with immediate effect.
vice-chancellor Jeremy Callaghan
said the university had behaved
responsibly throughout the saga, which has
seen students protesting and Jewish
academic staff staging silent vigils.
"He was a candidate for a degree just
as anyone else is," Prof Callaghan said.
"The university has no further link with
lecturer Sarah Shieff warned
that the Jewish academics and students
upset with the university's handling of
the case would not let the matter rest
"Now that Kupka has made an honourable
decision the university can look at the
case independently without prejudice," she
"It's a qualified victory because with
Kupka withdrawing the onus hasn't gone off
the university to look at how this could
happen. We're not going to let it rest
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