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Anti-jewish Terror Resumed in Poland; Nine Jews Killed, Outbreaks Checked in Lodz

January 4, 1946
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A fresh outbreak of anti-Jewish Terror, during which several Jews were killed, was reported today from the Lodz district, while in the city of Lodz the authorities arrested a number of Polish students who tried to provoke anti-Semitic disturbances in the streets during the funeral of a Polish student who was murdered by unknown criminals.

Immediately following the suppression of the clashes provoked by the anti-Semitic students, all democratics student organizations in Lodz issued a joint declaration condemning fascist elements among the students and stressing that they will not permit any anti-Jewish incidents “such as took place in the universities before the war.”

“Eight Jews who recently returned to Poland from a camp in Germany were reported today to have been murdered in Boleslawiec, near Lodz. Those killed are Jacob Kohn, Szaja Kohn, Moritz Goldbat and Pizches Holtz and their wives. Two Poles who tried to defend them were also murdered. Police are hunting for the criminals who are believed to be members of an anti-Government and anti-Semitic underground organization.

A report reaching here today from Gliwice says that a Jew, Wolf Frydman, was killed there by anti-Semitic underground terrorists, and that another Jew, Leib Widawski, has been kidnapped.


Prime Minister Eduard Osubka Morawski, in an address to the Polish National Council, touched upon the anti-Jewish activities of the terrorist groups and declared that “the Jewish people who survived the Nazi slaughter will enjoy the fullest protection of the Polish State.”

“Every kind of anti-Semitic incident organized by fascist groups and aimed at discrediting Poland will be wiped out,” he continued. He pointed out that while the Polish Government has no objection to Jewish emigration to Palestine, it is opposed to illegal emigration from Poland. The Premier also pledged that the Jews would be assisted in rehabilitating themselves economically and in settling in Polish territory taken from Germany.

Speaking for the influential Polish Workers Party, Col. Ochab told the Council that “we hope that the security authorities, with the aid of all actions of the population, will be able to end the crimes against Jews which are disgracing the good name of Poland. We Poles,” he continued, “look with special feelings of pain at what is happening, not only as men regretting the persecution of innocent people, but as Poles whose national pride is offended by the fact that in our territory are people calling themselves Poles who are murdering the remnants of the unhappy victims of Hitlerism.

“The reptile of anti-Semitism must be strangled by all means. We are not inclined to place obstacles in the way of legal emigration, but we hope, however, that the majority of the Jews will remain here, and that they will enjoy the same equality and rights as if they lived in their own country.”

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