Jewish Youths Repatriated from Russia Shun Communism in Poland

Jewish ‘teenagers repatriated from the Soviet Union to Poland do not take too well to lengthy Marxist-Leninist speeches in youth clubs organized for them by Polish Jewish Communist leaders, the Warsaw Yiddish language daily “Folkstimme” reports.

The latest issue to arrive here from Warsaw notes that the young people prefer social activities such as dancing in clubrooms to what their Communist “instructors” offer in the way of political lectures. Folkstimme also reports that Communist-led Cultural and Social Union of Polish Jews finds the younger generation disappointingly “hollow” because they want a good time. The newspaper asserts that efforts to bind the younger Jews to Communism and to Poland appear doomed by the disillusionment of the youngsters with the Soviet Union and their feeling of strangeness in Poland, their new home.

The majority of ‘teenagers–those who grew up in Poland as well as those who were recently repatriated from Soviet territory–are not assimilating into the Polish population, Folkstimme reports. It attributes this to the anti-Semitism which they encounter among Polish school-age boys and girls. Even the children of assimilated Jewish families are now looking for Jewish companions, the newspaper says. For the others, with an imperfect knowledge of Polish, there is only the company of other Jews in the Communist-organized clubs and centers.

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