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Soviet Authorities Hamper Repatriation of Polish Jews to Poland

The extension of the 1957 Polish-Russian agreement for the repatriation of Polish nationals is no guarantee of the acceleration or satisfactory continuation of the repatriation of Soviet Jews from Russia, it was authoritatively stated here today.

The Soviet authorities have in recent months placed obstacles in the way of Jewish applicants. The repatriation of Jews has come to a virtual standstill despite a clause, inserted by the Gomulka Government when the original agreement was signed, providing specifically for the repatriation of Jews. Up to a few months ago, the Polish authorities resisted Moscow’s resort to red tape to make this clause inoperative.