A seriously proposed thirty-year plan for expatriating Poland’s 3,000,000 Jews by exchanging them for Brazilian coffee at the rate of 100,000 a year has aroused discussion here.
Its author is Wladyslaw Studnicki, editor of the Wilno daily, Slowo, and one of the mainstays of the pro-Government press. His viewpoint is typical of the so-called “non-anti-Semitic” Government camp in Poland.
In a recently-published book entitled, “The Polish-Jewish Issue,” he declares that since immigration into Palestine meets with certain difficulties, it is advisable for Jews to emigrate to Brazil. Poland would grant Brazil a monopoly of the coffee market here in return for accepting the Jews, under his plan.
Pending total elimination of the Jews, M. Studnicki suggests that the Government restrict civil rights, limit Parliamentary and municipal representation of the Jews and restrict the number of Jews in the school system to ten per cent.
He would allow a maximum of 120 Jewish municipal councillors. In Warsaw, where they comprise 33 per cent of the population, he would permit them ten per cent of the council seats.
Protesting his sympathy for the Jews, he characterizes them as “talented and capable.” He neither hates them nor despises them, he says, and that is why he is opposed to their forcible expulsion from Poland.