Israelis Protest Award to Polish Committee

An Israeli group is protesting a 10,000 Mark award by the West German Publishers Association to the Korczak Committee in Poland, an organization established in memory of Janusz Korczak, a prominent Polish educator executed by the Nazis during World War II along with his Jewish pupils.

Yerahmiel Weingarten, a one-time associate of Korczak and a member of the Israeli Memorial Committee claimed that the Polish body has been systematically pruned of its Jewish members and that Korczak’s Jewish and Zionist associations have been carefully camouflaged by Polish authorities.

Weingarten who addressed a press conference here suggested that Israel register its protest by boycotting the forthcoming book fair in Frankfurt where the award is to be made. A protest cable sent by the Israeli committee to the German publishers association has received no reply to date.

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