BOSTON (Jul. 10)
All Jews will be removed from important public position in Poland and will be replaced by Russian citizens, it is predicted in a report published here by the Christian Science Monitor.
The report says that the purge of Jewish officials is to be expected as a result of Marshal Konstantin Rokossovsky’s becoming the chief of the Politburo in Poland. Polish-born Rokossovsky “is known for his anti-Semitic attitude,” the paper says, adding that he also has the reputation of being a “specialist in conducting purges.”
The first high Jewish official to be removed was Jacob Berman who, from the very beginning of the present Polish Government’s existence, has been known as Moscow’s liaison man, the Monitor reveals. Another preminent Jewish figure rumered as parked for demotion is Hilary Minc, Polish Minister of Commerce and Industry, the report says.
“The fact that Marshal Rokossovsky is known for his anti-Semitic attitude strengthens the belief that he has orders to make personnel changes that gradually will result in complete elimination of Jews from public affairs in Poland,” the article says. “Marshal Rokossovsky himself is expected to take Mr. Berman’s place as secretary of the Polish Communist Party. Jewish spokesmen say that dismissed Jews will go to Moscow, estensibly for a visit as has often occurred before, but that this time they will not return, and that they will not be allowed to leave the Soviet Union.”