Swiss Newspaper Prints Statement of Polish Jewish Emigrants Without Names
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Swiss Newspaper Prints Statement of Polish Jewish Emigrants Without Names

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The Neue Zuericher Zeitung, a leading Swiss newspaper published today a statement from a group of Polish Jews just arrived from Poland whose names were withheld to avoid hurting relatives still remaining in Poland. The editor appended a note to the statement that the names were known and had been checked. The newspaper rarely prints unsigned letters and the statement made a considerable impression here, it was reported.

The statement cited a report in the newspaper concerning the intention of the Polish Communist regime to suspend all emigration of Jews as of Sept. 1. The statement said that the manner of the report seemed to suggest that “Polish Jews were leaving comfortably and of their own free choice. We therefore declare that Jews in Poland are being vilified, deprived of their jobs and means of livelihood, compelled to surrender their passports before departure and some are even compelled to surrender their academic degrees and other qualifications.” The statement then added that “we realize that because we still have friends and relatives in Poland, you must keep our names, which we supply herewith, out of the paper.”

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