Warsaw (Oct. 31)
The Soviet embassy in Warsaw has so far received about 3,000 applications from repatriated Polish Jews asking permission to return to the USSR and settle in the places where they lived during the war, it was learned here today.
The number of applications increased greatly following the closing of the Czechoslovak frontiers to Jews seeking to leave Poland for the American zone in Germany or Austria. All the applicants are being told by officials of the Soviet embassy that they will have to wait several months before a reply can be expected from Moscow.
Meanwhile, learning that the Czechoslovak borders may be reopened, groups of Jews are again congregating at the frontier. One such group of eighty was forced to return, Jewish representatives were told by Czech authorities that Jews will again be admitted into Czech frontier towns after the refugees presently concentrated there leave.
Jewish leaders here believe that further emigration of Jews from Poland will be on a small scale, even after the Czechoslovak frontiers reopen. Letters received here recently from camps for displaced persons in the American zone in Austria discourage such emigration by stating that conditions in the camps are bad due to lack of food, clothing and medicaments.