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Polish Government Asked to Provide Relief for Jewish Internees on British Islands

The Polish Government was asked today to provide relief for Jewish refugees from Poland interned on the Island of Mauritius, on the Island of Jamaica, as well as for a number of Polish Jews now stranded in Sweden without any means, in a statement made in the Polish National Council by Dr, Ignacy Schwartzbart.

The Jewish member of the Council also suggested that the Polish Government start drawing up a plan for medical relief in post-war Poland which should include the immediate training of doctors and nurses. Jan Stanozyk, Polish Minister for Social Welfare, replied that attention will be given to all of these proposals.

Col, Henryk Bagynski, one of the leaders of the pre-war Polish Navy League, in a book published today simultaneously in Polish and in English, complains that not enough Jews emigrated from Poland before the war. Explaining the anti-Jewish attitude of the Polish anti-Semitic groups, Col, Bagynski says that “if there were in Britain twelve times as many Jews as there are, it is quite likely that the Jewish problem would be discussed more heatedly than it ever was in Poland,” The surplus number of Jews in pre-war Poland, he maintains, was about one million. “With so high a percentage of Jews in a relatively poor country, it is a miracle that the Jewish problem in Poland did not assume a more acute form,” he writes.

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