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Press Gag is Applied by Poland

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Polish authorities today confiscated the issues of every newspaper in Warsaw reporting the fact that the headquarters of the Jewish Anti-Nazi Boycott Commitee has been closed down by the Polish government.

The news bulletin of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, published in Warsaw, was also confiscated today for carrying the report.

The authorities notified the press that any further mention of the affair will result in similar action against the newspapers.


Leaders of the Anti-Nazi Boycott Committee here made an official intervention with the government for the reopening of the offices. The intervention, however, brought no results.

The official reason for liquidating the boycott committee was given by the government as mismanagement. The real reason, however, is seen in the fact that a Polish delegation left last night for Berlin to negotiate a new trade agreement with Nazi Germany.

The Polish government is seeking to induce the Nazi authorities partly to abolish the currency restrictions existing in Germany and to pay out to Polish exporters a proportion of the debts which German firms owe them It is believed that some kind of barter arrangement will be reached between Poland and Germany by the Polish delegation, which will on the one hand increase the export of German goods into Poland and, on the other, enable Polish firms to collect their debts in Germany.

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