Warsaw (Jan. 10)
Security police were today hunting for terrorist bands which killed five Jews in the city of Piotrkow this week, as the Polish National Council here resumed discussion of the anti-Semitic problem in this country.
The Piotrkow victims were Lev Malo, 21; Sara Uszerson, 27; Chana Rolnik, 42; Szalom Hindler, age unknown; and a fifth man whose name is not known.
In an address in the Council during a discussion of the statements on anti-Semitism made last week by Premier Eduard Osubka-Morawski, M. Szuldenfrie, of the Jewish Socialist Bund, said that despite the very real danger facing Jews in many parts of Poland today, the Bund was opposed to “emigration tendencies” among the Jews and urged that they remain here and participate in the rehabilitation and reconstruction of Poland.
At the same time, he stressed that anti-Semitism must be fought constantly and systematically, and expressed the hope that the Premier’s condemnation of anti-Jewish activities would “find a vivid echo in Poland and abroad.”
POLISH PRESS CRITICIZED FOR SILENCE ON ANTI-JEWISH INCIDENTS
Adolf Berman, a deputy of the Left Poale-Zion Party, who was a leader of the Jewish partisan movement during the German occupation, emphasized that “the Jewish working class is in the first ranks of those helping to rebuild Poland.” He reviewed the numerous murders of Jews in recent months and chided the press for not devoting sufficient attention to these incidents. Asserting that the Jews in Poland were rebuilding their lives with great difficulty, he expressed the hope that the Polish people would support their efforts.
Premier Osubka-Morawaki, concluding the discussion, admitted, again, that Jews were still being assaulted and killed, but said that the problem is less acute than it was some months ago. He attributed this to the fact that public opinion had condemned the murders, the destruction of many terrorist centers by the Government and the recent decree providing the death penalty and severs punishments for incitement and attacks against Jews. The present incidents, he added, are only sporadic, compared to the reign of terror that existed previously.
The Polish Press Agency reports today from Cracow that Polish Jews returning from Russia are arriving there in great numbers.