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Central Jewish Bodies in Poland Seek Unity; Representatives Confer on Joint Action

An attempt to unify organized Polish Jewry was made today at a joint conference of representatives of the Central Committee of Polish Jews and of the Council of Jewish Communities.

The two bodies have been acting independently ever since their creation after the liberation of Poland. The Central Committee devoted itself to furthering the political and economic interests of Polish Jewry, and the Council conducted similar activities among the religious elements in the Jewish population. There have been cases, however, where the two groups clashed.

The need for unity was acknowledged by all the delegates present, and as a result two committees were appointed. One will work out the details and conditions under which the groups could merge, while the other is to coordinate the activities of both groups wherever possible until the merger takes place.

A delegation of the Central Committee of Polish Jews was received this week by the new Minister for Labor and Social Protection, Zigmunt Rusinek, and reported to him on the welfare activities of the Committee. Mr. Rusinek displayed particular interest in the work of the Committee with children and in the institutions for the sick and aged.