Jews Repatriated from Russia to Poland Continue to Face Hostility

Jewish families repatriated from the Soviet Union to Poland still find it difficult to establish themselves in Polish cities and towns, despite the recent decision of the Polish Cabinet ordering local municipal authorities to assist the repatriates, it was reported in Warsaw newspapers reaching here today.

The report said that the local authorities are displaying a passive attitude to the needs of the Jewish repatriates. “In some places, the local officials are even displaying an attitude of ill-will and refuse to show understanding for the difficult problems which the repatriated Jews face, “the Folkshtimme, Warsaw Jewish newspaper, wrote.

Other reports reaching here from Poland stated that the Polish Minister of Interior, Wladyslaw Wicha, promised a delegation of Jewish leaders to assign special officials to look into the complaints of Jewish repatriates and to seek an on-the-spot solution of their problems.

Meanwhile, leaders of Jewish cultural life in Poland held a conference in Warsaw at which they decided to appeal to the Polish Government to enable Jewish children to secure a normal Jewish education. The problem of maintaining Jewish schools in Poland at a time when the Jewish population is dwindling because of emigration is becoming more and more complicated, and government aid is needed to maintain the existing system of Jewish education in the country, it is reported from Warsaw.

(In Jerusalem today, Speaker of the Knesset Joseph Sprinzak gave an official dinner for Bronislaw Dribner, head of a Polish Parliamentary delegation currently touring Israel. M. Dribner is the oldest member of Poland’s Parliament and chairman of its cultural committee.)

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