Ort Mission Returns from Poland; Resumption of Work Planned

Leaders of the Polish Communist Government “attach great importance” to the work of ORT “and are prepared to help us” in resuming CRT services to Polish Jews, officials of an ORT delegation to Poland reported today on their return here.

The mission was led by J. Chorin of the ORT executive and Dr. Vladimir Halperin, ORT Union director. It visited most of the Jewish communities in Poland and spent 15 days making numerous contacts with Polish Government officials.

Dr. Halperin said that ORT schools in Poland would cater mainly to the educational needs of the Jewish adult population with short courses, of up to 10 months, in various semi-skilled and skilled trades. “Polish Jews are in grave and urgent need of professional rehabilitation and we hope to be able to help, ” he said.

The report of the mission will be submitted to the World ORT Union executive committee meeting here October 27 to decide on ORT activity in Poland and on the 1958 ORT budget. ORT, together with most other Jewish organizations, suspended activities in Poland in 1950 after intensive operations in the early postwar period.

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