Economic Situation of Polish Jewry Deteriorating; Many Seek Emigration

The economic situation of the Jews remaining in Poland is deteriorating despite the liberal attitude of the Gomulka government and most Jews are preparing to quit the country, Dr. Raphael Mahler, noted Jewish historian, declared here after his return from a visit to European Jewish communities.

Dr. Mahler, an authority on Poland, said that not even Jewish intellectuals in Poland had merged with the Polish nation despite their striving toward assimilation. Even Jews in high positions in the government are not secure, Dr. Mahler continued.

In view of the heavy emigration of Polish Jews recently, he pointed out, many Jews who remain are in high posts, which only adds to their enemies’ envy. Very frequently, he said, Jewish children are beaten and ostracized by Polish children. He estimated that there were between 30,000 and 40,000 Jews remaining in the country, plus an additional 10,000 repatriated from the USSR.

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