Polish Parliament Seeks Emigration Outlets for Jews
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Polish Parliament Seeks Emigration Outlets for Jews

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After a debate in which evacuation of Jews from Poland was advocated, the Senate and Sejm, upper and lower houses of the Polish Parliament, today sought territories for Jewish settlement.

A meeting of fifty members of both houses on the subject was followed by appointment of a committee to discuss Jewish emigration problems.

During debate in the Sejm on Jewish affairs, General Zieligkowski, conqueror of Wilno, declared: “There is no place in Poland for the Jews. They must be evacuated.” He suggested that a special fund be raised by taxes to make evacuation of the Jews possible.

“We will not allow ourselves to be driven from Poland,” replied Deputy Emil Sommerstein. “We believe the day will come when the spirit of freedom will prevail in Poland. We Jews will fight for our rights under all circumstances.”

Minority nationalities will be barred from the benefits of the “Pilsudski Cultural Fund” by a Senate measure approved by the Sejm over the Objections of Deputy Kuszdowice, a Ukrainian, who announced his faction would vote against the amendment.

Mme. Pelcaynska, Christian Deputy, also urged rejection of the amendment. “The fund should be a symbol of harmony among all the peoples of Poland,” she said.

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