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Chief Rabbi of Poland Charges Clergy Refuses to Check Anti-semitic Activities

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The Catholic clergy in Poland has been backing fascist bands which engage in anti-Semitic activities and has done nothing to check the anti-Semitism which is widespread throughout the country, Rabbi David Kahane, president of the Jewish Consistory of Poland and Chief Rabbi of the Polish Army, has charged here.

Dr. Kahane revealed that security authorities recently seized an anti-Semitic exhibit in a church in Leczyca and arrested the organizers. The exhibit consisted of a painting of bearded Jews draining blood from the body of a Christian boy and a glass casket containing the skeleton of a child allegedly killed on Passover for ritual purposes. The casket, the rabbi said, had been shown all over Europe as part of an anti-Semitic exhibition arranged by the Nazis.

Rabbi Kehane, one of the few survivors of the Jewish community in Lwow, remained in the ghetto there during the German occupation despite an offer by Archbishop Czeptisky to shelter him. He was eventually taken to a death camp, from which he escaped and sought refuge with the Archbishop, in whose home he lived for nine months until the Russians liberated the city.

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