Polish Government Can’t Aid Jewish Land Settlement, Minister Declares

(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

That the Polish government is not able to subsidize a Jewish back-to-the-land movement was the declaration made by Minister of Agriculture Staniszewicz.

Commenting on the recently founded Jewish Colonization Society, Tor, the Minister declared that it was his opinion that the Jews are entitled to share in the division of the large estates in accordance with the agrarian reform law passed by the Diet. It is questionable, however, whether those Jews who apply for land are qualified farmers, in view of the scarcity of Jewish agricultural laborers. The percentage of Jewish landowners in Poland is small. Hitherto, the back-to-the-land movement among the Jews has not been of pronounced character. The government is unable to subsidize this movement, but is ready to consider grants for Jews who are already cultivating land, he said.

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