Joyless, Quiet Passover in Poland

The first two days of Passover were without untoward incident, reports from the provinces indicated today.

While Jews throughout Poland marked the traditional celebration of the exodus from Egypt, the celebrations were generally lacking in festive atmosphere, owing to the great poverty prevalent, particularly in the towns and villages.

Sales of imported Palestine wines were the lowest on record, wine shops reported, a majority of the Jews brewing their own wine from raisins.

Jewish hotels in Otwock, vacation resort, were half empty, visitors shying clear of the town because of the recent anti-Jewish outbreaks there. Trains between Warsaw and the resort have been the scene of frequent anti-Semitic forays by Nationalist (Endek) students.

Jewish shops in the centre of Warsaw were the chief sufferers of intensified boycott activities by anti-Semitic elements. At the same time shops in the Jewish quarter of the city were patronized by many Polish customers.

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