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Polish Government Emulates Soviet Methods in Treatment of Jews, Report Says

The Polish Government as well as the Communist Party in Poland “are not only opposed to the emigration of Polish Jews, but their official attitude towards the Jews is changing in about the same manner in which it has changed in the Soviet Union since the end of the war,” the Christian Science Monitor reported today.

The newspaper said that a “few days ago, Trybune Ludu–official Polish Communist Party organ–published an attack on Zionists, Zionism and the Israeli authorities.” The paper charged Zionism with having “shown its anti-Soviet and anti-democratic face,” the Monitor report said. Lately, appointments and even promotion of Jews in public office appear to have become rarer, it added.

“Jewish newspapers and periodicals in Poland,” the report said, “must submit to the most rigorous state supervision as to what they may and may not print. As a result they are becoming largely Yiddish reprints of the equally regimented Polish press. Two Polish-language Zionist papers have ceased publication,” The article emphasizes the fact that “Jewish Communists in Poland have grown alarmed at the large number of Jews, including party members, who have applied for exit permits.”

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