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Report Poland Seeks to Improve Relations with Israel, World Jewry

Kalman Sultanik, a member of the American Section of the World Zionist Organization Executive told the WZO Executive here yesterday that Poland wishes to improve its relations with Israel and world Jewry. He said that desire was expressed to a delegation of American Jews in Warwaw recently by a senior official of the Polish Foreign Ministry.

Sultanik, who was a member of the group, said it went to Poland to discuss the payment of reparations and various other matters affecting Polish Jewry with the authorities there. The group met with a number of officials, including the Minister of Religion and the director general of the Foreign Ministry. The latter asked for a meeting and spent four hours with the visitors, Sultanik reported. He said the trip to Warsaw materialized as a result of a memorandum sent to the Polish government by U.S. Jews.

The memorandum asked for the return to Polish Jews of property that had belonged to the Jewish community, the preservation of Jewish documents and the erection of a memorial monument at the gravesite of Jewish concentration camp victims. Sultanik reported that the Polish Jewish community presently numbers between 6000-10,000 people, most of them elderly.

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