Polish Government Repudiates Anti-semitic Paper
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Polish Government Repudiates Anti-semitic Paper

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The exiled Polish Government today deplored anti-Semitic articles in the nationalist weekly, Jestem Polakem, as a group of British parliamentarians prepared to demand suppression of anti-Semitic and anti-democratic propaganda in some Polish papers here.

A Polish official told the London News-Chronicle: “The Polish Government repudiates the anti-Jewish articles by Jestem Polaken, which are injuring our cause, and we deplore them.”

The News-Chronicle editorially demanded suppression of the weekly, asserting : “It is intolerable that men enjoying hospitality in Britain should be allowed to print views diametrically opposed to the aims for which we are fighting.”

The group of parliamentarians, it was learned, is preparing to make strong representations to the British Government demanding that the Polish Government suppress the flood of pro-Fascist propaganda in Jestem Polakem and other Polish periodicals.

A member of the group, S.S. Silverman, Laborite, announced he would support the question in Commons. “A group of us,” he said, “are following with growing apprehension the outbursts in the Polish press. it is a curious fact that Poles in Britain are allowed openly to contradict the avowed aims for which Britain is fighting the war, which on English paper would be allowed to do even if it so desired.

“We have collected a mass of evidence which will be handed to the Government. It is bunkum to say that the absence of Sikorski (Polish Premier) accounts for the resumption anti-Semitic outbursts. It is no use saying Jestem Polakem is not an official paper.

“Certainly there are no millionaires among Polish refugees, but if Poles have money to spare, why should they be allowed to buy newsprint in order to besmirch Britain’s war effort? Newsprint is rationed because it is scarce. We want to know who sells the Poles newsprint and who pays for it.”

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