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Tenenbaum in Reply to Arciszewski Reiterates Charges Poles Failed to Aid Warsaw Jews

Replying to a statement by Premier Tomaz Arciszewski of the Polish Government-in-Exile, which challenged charges by Dr. Joseph Tenenbaum, president of the American Federation of Polish Jews, that the London Government’s underground forces in Poland did not assist the participants in the Warsaw Ghetto revolt, Dr. Tenenbaum today reiterated his accusations, citing evidence given by Polish Jews now in France and Palestine.

Declaring that although many individual Poles undoubtedly gave their lives to help Jews, Dr. Tenenbaum quoted testimony by refugees in Paris who stated that “not small groups, but tens of thousands of Poles have given help to the German occupation authorities in the extermination of hundreds of thousands of Jews and the expropriation of Jewish property.” Similar reports; he said, “are coming in constantly from Tel Aviv, from prisoners of war freed by the Red Armies. As for the charge that the Polish underground did not help the uprising in Warsaw, I choose from a mass of facts the statement of Dr. Berman, head of the Jewish underground in Poland, released at a conference of the members of this organization in Warsaw a few days ago. In this statement he categorically denied the claim of the Polish Government in London “that the Polish Underground Army in Poland allegedly gave help to the Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto during the uprising and procured for them food and arms.”

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