Only One Jew Elected to Polish Senate; Failure of Agudath to Cooperate Blamed

Only one Jew, Dr. Schreiber, was elected to the Polish Senate in yesterday’s elections. He represents the Lemberg district. This marks the first time that Warsaw has not had a Jewish senator. In the previous Senate there were 5 Jews among the 111 senators.

Great disappointment is being voiced in Jewish circles at the failure of not more than one Jew’s having been elected. This is attributed to the government’s policy of arresting Zionist candidates in many cities and the failure of the Agudath Israel to join in a united Jewish bloc. The defeat of all Jewish candidates in Warsaw is blamed on the Agudath’s nomination of the banker, M. Shereshevsky against the Zionist, Senator Koerner.

The Agudath declined to yield to the Zionist suggestion of withdrawing Shereshevsky’s candidacy in Warsaw in exchange for the Zionists’ withdrawing their nominee in Lublin, thus uniting the Jewish vote and ensuring the election of at least one Jewish senator in each city. In Lodz, a German senator was elected with Zionist support.

The election was marked by the arrest of numerous Zionist candidates in various parts of the country. In Bialystok, M. Wachumowski and the secretary of the Zionist Organization, M. Gluckfeld, were arrested. In East Galicia, especially in Lemberg, many Jewish candidates were arrested. Hooligans broke into the office of M. Rothfeld, a Zionist candidate, doing much damage.

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