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Sharp Increase Reported in Jews Leaving Poland After Czech Occupation

A sharp increase in the number of Jews leaving Poland has followed the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, according to information from reliable sources received here. Since mid-August, about 100 Jews have been leaving Poland each week for Israel or western nations. Since June, 1967, when Poland severed relations with Israel, more than 1,100 Jews were known to have left Poland, according to the report. The exodus reportedly was caused by the anti-Semitic campaign and purges conducted by the Polish regime in the guise of “anti-Zionism.”

The Polish Communist press recently accused Jewish intellectuals in Czechoslovakia of “Zionism” and with having had a major role in “counter-revolutionary” activities cited by the Soviet Union and invading Warsaw pact countries as justification for the occupation. Leading doctors, engineers, and other Jewish professionals have left Warsaw and other Polish cities, the report said.