Jewish Deputies Demand Recognition of Yiddish Language in Poland

That Yiddish should be one of the languages which the Polish Government has permitted to be used by the population of the Eastern provinces of the Polish Republic, and of communications sent to the Government, was the demand submitted today to the Polish Ministry of Interior by the Jewish Sejm Club.

The Polish Ministry of Interior has just completed a bill providing for the use of Lithuanian. White-Russian, Russian and Ukrainian, in the respective provinces. Yiddish was omitted. At the conference held between the Jewish Sejm Deputies and the Minister of Interior, the Deputies pointed out that the right of the Yiddish language is guaranteed by the Polish Constitution as well as by the International Minorities’ Treaty. They demanded, therefore, the inclusion of a provision mentioning Yiddish among the recognized languages. The Minister, however, categorically declined to include Yiddish, stating that the “question” was finally settled”.

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