League Urges Importers to Help Seek Passports for Polish Jews

The American League for Russian Jews said today it had called on 18 American importers who handle the bulk of the Polish goods sold in this country to use their good offices with Poland to secure issuance of passports to 2,000 Polish-Jewish families who have qualified for entry into the United States. Morris Brafman, its chairman, said that entry visas for these families were available at the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw but would expire unless exercised by June 30. The League’s letter to the importers noted that Poland was the only member of the East European bloc to enjoy “most favored nation” trading status here. It said that it had no wish to disturb this relationship but “we do believe that the conferral by this nation of an economic privilege imposes on the recipient certain basic moral obligations, not the least of which is the civilized treatment of its ethnic minorities.”

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