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Charge Polish Bishops Refused to Issue Pastoral Letter Condemning Anti-seitism

A conference of Roman Catholic bishops held in Czentochowa at the and of May rejected suggestions by the semi-official league to Combat Racism that they release a pastoral letter condemning anti-Semitism, it was charged today by Nichael Pankiewicz, a member of the League’s executive committee.

He said that the suggestion was brought before the conference in the form of a letter presented to the office of Archbishop Dimek of Poznan. The letter stressed the dangers of increasing anti-Jewish feeling throughout Poland and proposed the issuance of a pastoral letter as one of the most effective means of combatting it.

The disclosure of the action by the bishops comes on the heels of a statement by Premier Edward Osubka-Norawski, yesterday, in which he claimed that Adam Cardinal Sapieha, Archbishop of Cracow, refused several weeks ago to sign an appeal against anti-Semitism and that the Bishop of Nielcebad declined to issue a condemnation of last week’s outbreak in which 40 Jews were Hilled.

The link between anti-government forces and anti-Semitism is highlighted by a leaflet issued in Lodz last Sunday wile voting was proceeding on the national referendum. It warned that the government planned to send 60,000 Jews to Lodz, who would take over all industries there. The leaflet added that this was mercy the first step in extension of Jewish control over the country’s economy. It ended by demanding the removal of all Jews from Poland.

The Peasant Party, headed by Vice-Premier Stanislaw Nikolajczyk, has so far paid little attention to the Kielce pogrom Its official newspaper carried a short item about on the bottom of its first page, but has made no editorial comment, although virtually every newspaper in the country has written condemning the outbreak.

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