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Polish Minister Doubts Whether Jews Can Escape from Nazi Poland to Neutral Lands

A demand that the Polish underground publicly announce that a sentence of death will be carried out against every Nazi occupation official who displays cruelty to the Jews was made here today by a delegation of the Association of Polish Jews which was received by Jan Stanczyk, Polish Minister of Social Welfare, who is now on a tour of the Near and Middle East to investigate the condition of the Polish refugees in those areas.

At a press conference here yesterday afternoon, Stanczyk stated that he doubted that it would be possible for any of the Jews in the ghettos of Poland to reach Allied or neutral territory since “Hitler would not allow any living witnesses of his terror to escape.” Questioned by a Jewish representative as to why the Polish Government has not attempted to send food to the ghettos, as relief is sent to Greece, Stanczyk replied that “unfortunately Poland can not be compared to Greece, which before the war imported food, while Poland exported food. There-fore, every uncontrolled food parcel might help Germany.”