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Emigration Cuts Enrollment in Jewish Schools in Poland

Enrollment in Jewish schools in Poland has decreased sharply, apparently because of the increased emigration of Polish Jews to Israel, according to Die Folkstimme, Warsaw Yiddish daily. The paper reports, however, that the Polish Ministry of Education and the executive committee of United Jewish Cultural Associations in the country, have decided to keep all present Jewish schools open for the next academic year, in an effort to make room for children of Jews repatriated to Poland from the Soviet Union.

Representatives of Jewish Cultural Associations from four Jewish centers–Wroclaw (formerly Breslau), Lodz, Stettin and Walbzych–attended a conference in Warsaw, where they planned the programs for the Jewish schools. Delegates from all four cities reported greatly reduced enrollments. However, L. Lozowski, who represented the Ministry of Education at the conference, proposed that all schools be maintained in order to care for children of repatriates. Many of these children, the conference decided, will not only be enrolled in the Jewish schools, at the request of their parents, but will also be given room and board at the schools–apparently because the parents are not yet established well enough economically to care for their children.

The conference also voted to establish rest camps for adult repatriates where they might be helped to recuperate from their ordeals suffered in their previous homes in the Soviet Union.

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