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Jews Will Not Be Forced to Emigrate from Post-war Poland, Sikorski Promises

August 18, 1942
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The Polish Government-in-Exile, while ready to help the Jews to secure a Jewish State in Palestine, will not insist that Jews emigrate from post-war Poland to their own national home, it was emphasized in a message read in behalf of Gen. Sikorski, Polish Premier, at a conference of the New Zionist Organization of Britain held here last night. The message came as a statement of policy for the entire Polish Cabinet.

“Our sympathies are with the Jewish longing for a National Home – a State of their own in Palestine,” the statement said. “Both from a moral and political viewpoint, this problem is very simple to us, and we hesitate to repeat how strongly the Polish nation and the Government favor these Jewish aims, especially since such longing is expressed by our own Polish citizens of Jewish nationality.

“The problem of Jewish emigration from Poland must be envisaged by Poles as the right of Jews to leave Poland for the national home but never as duty on the part of the Jews to do so,” the statement continues. “Nor should that be taken as intention on the part of the Poles to exert pressure in that direction. We do not intend to influence internal Jewish matters and political differences, whether great or small. On the other hand, we are ready both now and in the future to support the Jewish national aims in case the Jews themselves endeavor to attain them and to the degree the Jews themselves ask us for such support.”

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