Sister, in Protest, Returns Polish Medal Awarded to Underground Hero
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Sister, in Protest, Returns Polish Medal Awarded to Underground Hero

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The sister of a Polish Jewish hero of the underground during the Nazi occupation of Poland notified the Polish Embassy here today that she was returning the medal posthumously awarded him as a protest against the Polish policy toward Israel.

Dr. Nina Tenenbaum, whose brother, Mordechai Tenenbaum, was a leader of the Bialystok ghetto fighters, said she was returning the Grunwald Cross, one of Poland’s highest decorations, which the Polish Government had conferred on her brother in posthumous ceremonies. She described her action as a protest against the Polish Government’s policy toward Israel. Poland followed the Soviet example in severing relations with Israel after the outbreak of the June war and the Polish Communist Party leader subsequently warned Poland’s Jews not to rejoice over Israel’s victory.

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