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Artisans’ Body in Poland Quits Pending Probe

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Pending an investigation of allegations that its president, M. Rassner, had engaged in demoralizing activities injurious to the interests of Jewish artisans, the executive council of the Federation of Jewish Artisans has resigned, it was officially announced today.

A congress of Jewish artisans will be convoked shortly to investigate the suspicions regarding M. Rassner, who has also been excluded from membership in the United Committee of Jewish Artisans until the congress has pronounced its view of the case.

FIGHT FOR FUTURE

Polish Jewish artisans have of late been engaged in a bitter fight for their future existence. According to a new law no one may be engaged as an artisan without first having obtained an artisan’s license. Because of the specific requirements to be fulfilled before the license is issued, the Jewish artisans find it very difficult to obtain such license cards. Nevertheless, some ten thousand Jewish artisans are of legal status. This was brought about by concerted efforts on the part of the United Committee representing the Joint Distribution Committee, the Jewish Colonization Association, the Central Artisans’ League and the ORT, which promotes technical trades among Jews.

A campaign to revoke the licenses of the Jewish artisans was recently begun by several non-Jewish artisans’ groups, on the ground that the Jewish workers do not hold master’s diplomas. It is expected, however, that the ministry of trade will not accede to this demand.

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