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U.S. Jewish Group Asks Poland Not to Send Jews Back to Russia

A Jewish Labor Committee delegation appealed today to Polish Ambassador Romuald Spasowski to intervene with his government to quit the reported expelling to Russia of repatriated Polish Jews.

The delegation left a memorandum with the Polish Ambassador expressing “great despair” over reports that Polish Jews permitted through a Polish-Soviet agreement to return to Poland from Russia are to be deported back to the Soviet Union.

“We are astounded, ” the memorandum read, “that the Polish Government decided to expel the above-mentioned Jews from Poland and send them back to Soviet Russia from whence they legally came. We appeal to you, and ask that this act of expelling those Jews be stopped. “

(Authoritative Jewish sources in New York today told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency that “there are no reports about expelling Jews from Poland to the Soviet Union. ” They said that the situation concerning the repatriation of Jews to Poland is as follows: “On March 25 an agreement was signed in Moscow between Poland and Soviet Russia in connection with the repatriation of all Poles who are now in Russia and were Polish citizens on September 17, 1939. There is a special paragraph in that agreement stating that Jews who were Polish citizens on that date will be permitted to go back to Poland exactly like other Polish citizens.”)

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