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High Polish Military Official Charges Poland with Anti-semitism

May 19, 1965
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Wladislaw Tykocinsky, the Jewish chief of Poland’s military mission in West Berlin, told American authorities here yesterday that he had sought a sylum principally because of “growing anti-Semitism in Poland,” according to informed sources here.

A United States Air Force plane brought the Polish official to West Germany and United States officials said his request for a sylum was under consideration. The defection was the first by a high-ranking Communist diplomat in West Berlin in years. He had the rank of minister, equivalent to that of a major general, and he was the senior foreign diplomat in West Berlin.

Prior to his West Berlin assignment, Tykocinsky had been Minister in the Polish Embassy in Rome and before that a member of the International Armistice Commission in Korea. His wife did not choose to go with him and a 17-month old child remained with the mother, a U.S. spokesman said.

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