Jews in Poland Meet with Difficulties in Recovering Children Entrusted to Poles

A delegation of the Jewish Coordination Committee today visited the Polish Vice-Minister for Education, M. Bienkowski, and asked him for government aid in recovering Jewish children who were placed in non-Jewish homes during the Nazi occupation when their parents were exterminated by the Germans.

The coordination committee is now dispatching representatives all over the country to organize the work of returning Jewish children to Jewish community institutions. In most cases these children must be “bought” back from the non-Jews who gave them shelter. The average price for a child today is 40,000 zlotys. It is estimated Jewish orphans.

Many of the children, having lived for several years in a non-Jewish atmosphere, do not believe that they are Jews and refuse Jewish care. Some of them have been raised in an anti-Jewish atmosphere and hate Jews. Especially difficult is the recovery of those Jewish children who have been given asylum in monasteries and in Polish homes for orphans. These institutions refuse, in most cases, to surrender the children to the Jewish community.

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