Few Jews in Poland Celebrated High Holy Days or Succoth
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Few Jews in Poland Celebrated High Holy Days or Succoth

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There was virtually no celebration of the High Holy Days or the Succoth holiday by the few remaining Jews in Poland, according to word reaching here from Warsaw. The only religious services were those organized by the residents of Jewish homes for the aged in Warsaw and Lodz on Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. Unlike past years when many younger Jews from outside attended the services at the homes, the worship this year was confined to the inmates. Most young and middle aged Jews have departed from Poland during the past two years in the wake of an officially inspired anti-Jewish campaign instituted by the regime in 1968 under the guise of anti-Zionism. Jews were purged from virtually every public office and responsible position, especially in the communications media. Most Polish Jews have emigrated to Western European countries. The Yiddish State Theater in Warsaw opened its season directly after Yom Kippur as it has done traditionally for years. But there was nothing new in the repertoire which consists of adaptations of the classical Yiddish writers and old mainstays of the Yiddish theater such as Peretz Hirshbein and Abraham Goldfaden. The holidays were ignored by local authorities, some of whom had been invited by the Jewish clubs in Warsaw, Lodz and Bialystok.

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