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Vatican Representative Urged to Ask Hlond to Withdraw Anti-jewish Statement

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The Agudas Israel today appealed to Apostolic Delicate Godfrey, representative of the Vatican here, to intercede with August Cardinal Hlond to withdraw his “unfortunate and unjustifiable statement” concerning the Kielce pogrom. In a letter to Godfrey, the Agudas Israel emphasized that the Pope in various pronouncements had condemned anti-Semitism as “un-Christian.”

At a meeting of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, Prof. Selig Brodetsky, its president, said that the Board would take up Cardinal Hlond’s statement “with the head of the Polish church.”

Commenting on the Kielce pogrom, the Manchester Guardian says today that the reports of the riot must have shocked many people who had persuaded themselves that the end of Nazism would be the end of anti-Semitism in Europe. After these events, the newspaper declares, “advice to Jews to stay in Poland and help rebuild democracy must ring hollow. Is it surprising that the Jews of Eastern Europe dream of the promised land?”

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