WARSAW (Feb. 2)
American reaction to the Jewish situation in Poland held attention here today in press comment on Sunday’s protest meeting in New York, an appeal by Polish journalists in the United States to end student excesses and Foreign Minister Josef Beck’s interview with the New York Times.
Anti-Semitic newspapers, commenting on the New York meeting at which anti-Semitism in Poland was indicted and the Government asked to restore Jewish rights, charged that American Jews had launched a great campaign against Poland.
Liberal newspapers refrained from commenting on the gathering, but Jewish papers praised the intentions of the parley, especially “because none lost his head” and because it “discussed Polish Jewry’s position in a worthy way without excitement.”
The official Polish Telegraphic Agency issued three communiques to the press: one on the New York conference, pointing out that it was quieter than similar parleys in the past, a second on Col. Beck’s interview with the Times in Geneva in which he declared the Government was not anti-Semitic, and the third on the appeal of the Polish newspapermen in New York.
The New York district of the Guild of Polish Newspapermen in America, according to the report, told students responsible for anti-Semitic excesses that they were doing great harm to Polish interests in America.
“We appeal to you like older brothers who live abroad and see the damage which racial excesses do in the higher schools to our cultural tradition and our reputation in America,” the letter said.
The Warszawski Dziennik Naradowy, chief Nationalist organ, attacked the appeal, voicing skepticism that the journalists were really Poles. The paper also demanded to know why Col. Bock gave the interview to the Times and why he said Poland was not anti-Semitic.
The official Gazeta Polska published only the Foreign Minister’s interview, ignoring the American Jewish Congress meeting and the Polish journalists’ appeal.