Communist-controlled Jewish Cultural Body in Poland Lacks Funds

The Communist-controlled Social and Cultural Union of Polish Jews, the formal organization of Jews in Poland, is suffering from a grave shortage of funds which has hampered its cultural activities, it was reported in the latest issue of Folkstimme, Warsaw Yiddish-language daily, to arrive here.

The union has three major sources of funds, the article noted; a government subsidy, dues from members and fund-raising activities in the local branches. The government subsidy continues to be paid regularly, but virtually no funds come in from the other sources–indicating a lack of interest or funds among Polish Jews.

The paper also reports that the Polish state publishing house has just issued a new Yiddish textbook to be used in Jewish schools in Poland. Prepared by L. Olycki, the volume is entitled “Step By Step” and is intended primarily as a primer for Jewish children repatriated from the Soviet Union.

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