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Anti-jewish Picketing Not Illegal Unless Violent, Polish Premier Contends

February 13, 1938
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Picketing of Jewish places of business in the anti-Semitic boycott is not illegal unless it leads to a breach of public peace, Premier Felicien Mar-jan-Skladkowski told the Senate Budget Committee today.

“Picketing is not a new thing in Poland,” the Premier said after a general debate in which the Jewish question figured prominently. “It cannot be regarded as a crime. Only when picketing leads to a breach of the public peace does it become punishable. I see no other solution.”

A court sentenced to six years in prison a Jewish restaurateur, Josef Norman, for the self-defense slaying of a Polish laborer which last September led to serious anti-Semitic excesses in the town of Bielska, near Cracow.

A court in Lodz sentenced to prison terms of six months each two Jews who had offered resistance during an anti-Semitic attack and at the same time acquitted their Polish assailants. The attack occurred last Summer at a resort near Lodz.

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