Lansbury Holds Jewish Problem in Poland Purely Economic

GEORGE LANSBURY, NOTED PACIFIST, SAID TODAY THAT HE FOUND THE JEWISH PROBLEM IN POLAND PURELY ECONOMIC AND ONE THAT A “GOOD DEAL OF CAPITAL” PLUS STOPPAGE OF ARMAMENT EXPENDITURES WOULD GO A LONG WAY TOWARD SOLVING.

RETURNING FROM A VISIT TO THAT COUNTRY IN THE INTERESTS OF PACIFIST PROPOSAL, MR. LANSBURY TOLD THE JEWISH TELEGRAPHIC AGENCY: “IF SOUTHEASTERN EUROPE, INCLUDING POLAND, GOT A GOOD DEAL OF CAPITAL, STOPPED SPENDING MONEY FOR ARMS AND DEVELOPED THE COUNTRY MORE FULLY, IT WOULD HELP A SOLUTION CONSIDERABLY.”

THE JEWISH PROBLEM, HE SAID, WAS ACCENTUATED BY STOPPAGE OF EMIGRATION FROM EUROPE SING THE WAR. OTHERS BESIDE JEWS WANTED TO EMIGRATE, HE DECLARED. POLES TOLD HIM, MR. LANSBURY ASSERTED, THAT JEWS NEVER BECOME POLES AND REMAINED A “NATION WITHIN A NATION.” THE PACIFIST SAID THIS WAS ATTRIBUTABLE TO PERSECUTIONS AND ECONOMIC STRIFE.

HE DECLARED THE POLISH GOVERNMENT DID NOT DENY ANTI-JEWISH EXCESSES BUT WAS DOING ITS BEST TO SUPPRESS THEM AND TO FIND A PLACE FOR A PORTION OF THE JEWISH AND POLISH POPULATION TO EMIGRATE.

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