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Polish Scientist Who Defected to U.S. Considered Jew in Poland

Professors at Warsaw University who knew Polish scientist Dr. Jerzy Leon Nowinski who defected from the Communist regime and asked political asylum in the United States, believe he may have done so because “he was a Jew,” the New York Times reported from Warsaw this weekend adding that” anti-Semitism is still a considerable problem in Poland.”

However, Dr. Nowinski has stated he is a Catholic. One of the reasons he gave for wanting to leave Poland was to have his daughter “attend a school with better religious and moral conditions” than the schools of Communist Poland. He expressed himself as disappointed in “religious conditions” as well as other conditions in postwar Poland.