40,000 Jews Repatriated from USSR to Poland; Infusing New Life in Jewish Communities

More than 40,000 Polish Jews have been repatriated from the Soviet Union and are being reintegrated rapidly into the economy of the country despite overcrowding in many distracts and a general shortage of food.

Many Jews are being resettled in the Silesian territory ceded to Poland by Germany. They are infusing new life into the Polish-Jewish community and are establishing a new communal life in the new Polish cities. Many have settled in Kladzko, Zgorzelice, Rychbach and Stargard. In the western territory almost all traces of anti-Semitism have been wiped out and the population has welcomed the new Jewish settlers despite many hardships facing the communities.

The Government is making an effort to supply the Jews with food, clothing and homes. A recent grant to the repatriates included 200 tons of wheat, 20 tons of condensed milk, and ten tons of herring. However, there is still an extreme shortage of food and the Jewish communities are finding it extremely difficult to obtain adequate quantities. Through cooperation between the Government and local Jewish committees, thousands of the repatriates have been placed in jobs in industry, and many other are working in artisan cooperatives.

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