JDC Leaders Say There is No Evidence of Polish Government Discrimination Against Jews
Menu JTA Search

JDC Leaders Say There is No Evidence of Polish Government Discrimination Against Jews

Download PDF for this date

Representatives of the American Joint Distribution Committee, who left Warsaw yesterday after a four day visit to determine the well-being of the Jewish community, said that the kosher food package which had been shipped into Poland earlier this month had been received and distributed.

Henry Taub, JDC president, and Ralph Goldman, JDC executive vice president, met with representatives of the government and the Jewish community during the visit and said that they found no evidence of discrimination by the government against the Jewish community.

According to the JDC, there are an estimated 6,000 Jews remaining in Poland out of a pre-World War II population of more than three million. A total of 1,800 heads of families, mostly aged and infirm, survivors of the Holocaust are listed on the community’s welfare rolls and are aided with the support of the JDC.


Meanwhile, news reports from Poland said that Lech Walesa, leader of the suspended Solidarity trade union movement, has been accused by Polish authorities of having links with NATO and “Zionist groups,” and of plotting an “anti-Communist crusade.”

These accusations against Walesa may set the tone for today’s first meeting of the Central Committee of the Communist Party since martial law was put into effect December 13. The attack on Walesa was carried in the officially controlled Polish press agency PAP, following a similar harsh attack in Poland’s hard-line army newspaper, Zolnierz Wolnosci.

Founding Funders

The digitization of the JTA Archive would not have been possible without the generous support of the following donors:
  • The Gottesman Fund
  • Righteous Persons Foundation
  • Charles H. Revson Foundation
  • Elisa Spungen Bildner and Robert Bildner, in honor of Norma Spungen
  • George S. Blumenthal
  • Grace and Scott Offen Charitable Fund