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Small Number of Jews from Poland Allowed to Leave for West Germany

Despite martial law in Poland, ethnic Germans, believed to include a small number of Jews, have been allowed to leave that country for West Germany during the past four weeks, according to West German officials.

The Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported last month that a limited number of ethnic Germans of Jewish origin were among the immigrants arriving in the Federal Republic from Eastern European countries, including Poland. Jewish leaders here said confirmation of this movement gave rise to hopes that Jews in Poland who have maintained contacts with German culture can benefit from the agreements providing for emigration to West Germany.

Observers here believe that the emigration issue was one of the reasons for the Bonn government’s lukewarm condemnation of martial law in Poland which has strained relations with Washington.

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