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Polish Socialists Support Candidacy of Ehrlich As Member of National Council

The name of Henryk Ehrlich, leader of the Jewish Socialist Bund in Poland who has now been released from exile in Soviet Russia was advanced here today as a possible candidate for membership in the Polish National Council, which is the Polish Parliament-in-exile.

The reorganization of the Polish National Council which is to be concluded within a month provides for an increase in the number of seats for Jewish representatives there. At present Polish Jews are represented by Dr. Ignacy Schwarzbart, who is the only Jewish member of the Council. It is expected that the reorganized Council will have three Jewish members. The candidacy of Mr. Ehrlich is being supported here, also, by the Polish Socialist Party with whom he closely cooperated in Poland, on behalf of the Jewish Socialist Bund there.

Nominations of Jewish candidates for the Polish National Council have been received here form more than thirty Jewish organizations, parties and political groups of Polish Jews now residing in the United States, Palestine and Great Britain. These bodies which consider themselves part of Poland insist on securing three places for Jewish deputies in the Polish National Council in proportion to the Jewish population in Poland. The delegation of the Jewish Socialist Bund of Poland now in the United States has submitted a memorandum to the Polish Government in London requesting that in addition to Ehrlich, a seat in the Council should be assigned to Victor Alter, another leader of the Jewish Bund of Poland who has been released from imprisonment in Moscow.

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