Jewish Deputies in Polish Sejm Dissatisfied with Pilsudski Government

(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

The negative attitude of the Club of Jewish Deputies toward the Pilsudski government was expressed by Deputy Frostig in a statement he read on behalf of the Club during the discussion of the preliminary budget for 1927. In explaining the reason for this attitude, Deputy Frostig stated that the Club of Jewish Deputies is dissatisfied with the Pilsudski government in view of the facts that the demands of the Jewish population concerning the necessary measures of relief from the burden of taxation were not fulfilled, the agitation raised by the anti-Semitic students concerning the submission of Jewish corpses for dissection in the clinics of the Medical College has not been curbed, the expected relief from the compulsory Sunday rest law was not forthcoming and no steps were taken to increase the facilities of the declassed Jewish population to find employment.

At a meeting of the Club held prior to the Sejm session, the matter of the attitude toward the government was debated at length. With a vote of thirteen to twelve the Club rejected a resolution to proceed to the opposition of the government. The Club decided instead to refrain from voting for the preliminary budget.

Vice-Premier Bartel demonstrated his friendly attitude to the Jewish community when Deputy Sommerstein submitted to him a memorandum asking for state support for the sanitarium in the Carpath mountains for sick Jewish students. Professor Bartel promised consideration of this memorandum and stated he would make a personal contribution of 5,000 Zlotys to the sanitarium.

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