Poland Acts to Deprive Residents Abroad of Citizenship

A bill to deprive persons residing abroad of Polish citizenship, which would affect thousands of Jews living in Austria, Germany, Palestine and elsewhere, will be considered soon by the Juridical Committee of the Seom (lower house of Parliament).

The bill would deprive of citizenship persons residing abroad and working injury to the Polish State, and also those living abroad for five years since the establishment of the Polish Republic in 1918 who have lost connections with the State or have refused to obey an order of a representative of the Republic to return to Poland.

A clause provides that the loss of citizenship, effective immediately after adoption of the bill, would not be subject to appeal. Other clauses state that persons renouncing Polish nationality for another would not be admittable to Poland except under special permit of the Interior Ministry.

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