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Central Jewish Committee Headed by Sommerstein Named Representative of Polish Jews

January 9, 1945
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The Central Committee of polish Jews, which is headed by Dr. Emil Sommerstein, a member of the pre-war Polish parliament and Zionist leader, will act as the representative of all Jews in Poland, it was announced today over the Lublin radio. The committee consists of representatives of the Zionists, the Jewish Socialist Bund, the Workers party and independents.

The broadcast said that the committee, in collaboration with the Association of Jewish Writers, will establish a “historical commission” to investigate war crimes against Jews. It also plans to set up a Jewish press agency, a Jewish publishing house and a commission to arrange for Yiddish radio broadcasts.

A pledge that there will be “no place in the revived democratic Poland for anti-Semitism ” has been given by Gen. Michal Rola-Zymerski, Minister of National Defense in the new provisional Government, in a letter to the Association of Jewish Partisans, the Lublin radio also said.

“All the nations of Europe have suffered martyrdom at the hands of the Hitler barbarians,” Gen. Rola-Symerski stated, “but none has suffered more than you. Jewish partisans groups, as well as the heroic defenders of the Warsaw and Bialystok ghettes, have contributed greatly to the idea of humanity battling for freedom. The Jewish nation can be proud of these partisans. There will be no place in the revived democratic Poland for anti-Semitism. The manifesto of the Committee of National Liberation guaranteed equal rights for all citizens of the Polish Republic. The Polish Army guards these rights with its arms.”

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