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Writer Says Catholics in Poland Are Now More Pro-israel, Pro-jewish

A prominent Polish Catholic writer who aided Warsaw Jews during the World War II German occupation declared here that a growing number of Catholics in Poland are expressing pro-Israel and pro-Jewish feelings in spite of the government’s official policy to the contrary. Wladyslaw Bartoszewski, visiting professor at the Catholic University of Lublin, speaking Friday before the national program committee of the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith, said that an increasing amount of pro-Jewish and pro-Israel writing is finding its way into a growing number of Polish publications. Bartoszewski, who received the “Righteous Among Nations” award from Israel in 1963, said that large numbers of Polish Catholics also show their sympathies by openly studying Jewish history, the Old Testament and the Talmud. He is in the U.S. at the invitation of the State Department.