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Polish Ministry Seeks Opinions on Proposed Change in Sunday Law

(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Steps to ascertain the opinion of Polish Jewry as to the workings of the compulsory Sunday Rest Law were taken by the Polish Ministry of the Interior.

The Ministry called a conference of Jewish social and communal workers to obtain their opinion with regard to the advisability of changing the law. Deputies Wislicki, Trockenheim and Hartglass, speaking in behalf of the Jewish Merchants’ Association, expressed the opinion that the law be amended to the effect that a five-hour period of business be allowed to Jewish merchants on Sunday. Mr. Lew of the Poale Zion and Mr. Alter of the Bund demanded that the working class be given the opportunity of free choice between Saturday and Sunday rest. One delegate, Okrant, an extreme Left, expressed satisfaction with the status quo. Delegate Ratner, speaking in behalf of the artisans, demanded that the artisans have the freedom of working the entire day Sunday.

The conference will last some time, it was stated, as many organizations were called to express their opinions. All representatives of Polish Christian organizations spoke against changing the law.

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