Case of Polish Jew Arrested in Russia Develops into International Issue

The claim of the Soviet Government that the arrested Polish Jewish Socialist leader, Henryk Ehrlich, is no longer a Polish citizen and, therefore, Polish intervention for his release is useless, may develop into an international issue that will be raised with President Roosevelt by Gen. Wladyslaw Sikorski, the Polish Premier, it was learned here today.

Polish circles today disclosed that Gen. Sikorski is disturbed over the fact that Soviet authorities have notified the Polish embassy in Kuibyshev that some of the arrested Poles in Russia, including Ehrlich, who was born in the Lublin district, are considered Soviet citizens though they are holders of Polish passports. Their passports were delivered to the Polish embassy together with this notification. Gen. Sikorski is inclined to interpret this act as an indication that Soviet Russia lays claim to the part of Poland which was held by the Red Army before the territory was invaded by the Nazis. He therefore intends to proceed to the United States to take up the case with President Roosevelt, since it involves the post-war borders of Poland.

Jan Stanczyk, Minister of Labor and Social Welfare in the Polish Cabinet, just returned from a visit to America, today praised the American Jews in a lecture which he delivered on his impressions of the United States. “The Jews in America,” he said, “are very sympathetic to the Polish cause, and they indignantly resent the efforts of Polish anti-Semites to deny them the right to love Poland.”

The Polish Foreign Office today received information from Soviet Russia that Leopold Rosner, prominent Polish Zionist and former editor of the Polish-Jewish daily newspaper Nowy Dziennik in Cracow, has died in a hospital in Siberia from typhus. He is survived by his wife and son who are now in Russia.

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