VIENNA (Jun. 26)
The new Polish law which increases the penalties for “hooliganism” and anti-Semitism is being implemented, according to a report from Poland reaching here today. The dispatch reports that a man named H. Gartenkraut, of Walbzich, was sentenced by the local court to three months’ imprisonment for creating a disturbance at the headquarters of the Walbzich Jewish Cultural Association where he damaged the telephone and directed “offensive” language against Jews gathered in the office. Offenses of this nature had been dismissed with mere reprimands until now.
There are still about between 40,000 and 48,000 Jews left in Poland, despite the heavy emigration to Israel, according to figures published in Die Folkshtimme, Yiddish-language daily newspaper published in Warsaw. An article in the latest issue of the newspaper, received here today, reports that one-fourth of the total Jewish population in Poland now consists of Jews repatriated from the Soviet Union.
According to Die Folkshtimme, the repatriated Jews have been given by the older Jewish residents of Poland an active share in the administration of the work being done by the Federation of Jewish Cultural Associations in the country. The newspaper declares, on the basis of a survey in 19 centers of Jewish population, that between a third and half of the Cultural Association executive committee members are now Jews who had recently come from Russia.