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Polish Government Insists on Withdrawing Concessions from Jews

(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

The question of the withdrawal of the concessions on monopolized articles from Jewish concessionnaires, long threatening the economic existence of many Jewish families, is again becoming acute as December 31 draws near.

Notwithstanding assurances given by the government to Jewish leaders that the concessions will not be withdrawn, the Ministry of Finance insists on carrying out the withdrawal of concessions for the sale of alcohol and spirits. The Ministry refuses to prolong the stay beyond December 31.

In several instances the local authorities permit the spirit dealers to retain their shops by taking Polish war invalids as partners. According to the ordinance enacted by the Sejm, the concessions are to be withdrawn from the present holders and given to the war invalids. But in no case has a Jewish war invalid been proposed as a partner for the Jewish concessionaires.

The Jewish deputies in the Polish parliament intend to take up the matter with the government.

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