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Jews in Poland Told How Their Institutions Will Function Under Govt. Supervision

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An outline of the manner in which Jewish institutions will function in Poland after the government takes them over on Jan. 1, 1950, was presented in a report to a meeting of the Council of the Jewish Central Committee of Poland by its secretary-general, J. Lazebnik.

Mr. Lazebnik, who expressed appreciation for the role of the Joint Distribution Committee in Poland since the liberation, insisted that with the government assuming full financial responsibility for the Jewish organizations, the latter would be freed of “foreign and unstable factors.” He said that the Committee itself has been assigned 224 paid workers by the government, and that these workers will form the nucleus of social, educational and cultural groups in Jewish communities throughout the country. Mr. Lazobnik attacked the Zionists who, he said, had hindered the integration of the Jewish people in Poland with the rest of the population. He pointed to the recent government decision to permit mass emigration of Israel-bound Jews as a sign that the government wants “absolute harmony” among all the people of the country.

It was also reported that beginning next year the association of Jewish cooperatives, which employs 8,000 Jews among some 15,000 workers, will merge with the general federation of Polish cooperatives. It was emphasized that this did not moan the end of Jewish cooperatives as such, and that the fact that such a merger is possible at this time proves that anti-Semitism no longer exists in this country.

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