May Lift Compulsory Sunday Rest for Jewish Merchants in Poland

On the advice of the American financial counsellor to the Polish government, Charles S. Dewey, the compulsory Sunday rest for Jewish merchants and artisans, now enforced under the existing statute, may soon be lifted by an amendment to be pressed for by the government.

It is related here in well-informed circles that in his last quarterly report on the economic situation of the country, the American financial expert drew attention to the fact that a large number of Poland’s merchants and artisans, the Jews, are compelled to abstain from work two days a week because of their observance of their Sabbath and the compulsory Sunday rest. This circumstance has an adverse effect on the economic situation of the country.

The previous government, headed by Prof. Bartel, it is stated, was likewise anxious to introduce a bill into parliament for amending the compulsory Sunday rest law, but lacked the courage, fearing the opposition of the anti-Semitic elements. The present Prime Minister, Switalski, is determined to press for the revision now.

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