Polish Government Ready to Break with Endeks over Jewish Question, Minister Announces

Reiterating the declaration made by the Polish Government-in-exile that in a post-war democratic Poland Jews will enjoy equal rights under equal obligations, Jan Stanczyk, Polish Minister for Social Welfare, who is now on a visit to America, today declared to representatives of the Jewish press that “when an anti-Semite returns to a liberated Poland, he will feel just like a foreigner in his own fatherland should he choose not to leave his anti-Semitic baggage outside the Polish frontier.”

“The attitude of the Polish government to the Jewish problem has been made clear in the official declaration issued by the Government on this subject,” the Minister said receiving the reporters at the Polish Consulate here. “The walls of the ghettos which the Nazis established for Jews in Poland,” he added, “will be smashed by the local civil population as soon as the Polish armies again set their foot in a free Poland.”

Minister Stanszyk explained that the extremists in the Polish anti-Semitic Endek Party are still pressing the government “to leave the Jewish problem in Poland to the decision of the Polish people.” The government, however, considers the question of equal rights for national minorities as one of the major principles upon which a post-war Poland must be built, therefore the Cabinet is ready to even forego the support of the Endek Party rather than to submit to their demand, the Polish Minister declared.

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