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‘no Place for Anti-semitism in New Poland,’ Embassy Aide Tells Parley

June 10, 1940
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A declaration that “in the new Poland there will be no place for anti-Semitism” was made today by Michael Kwapieszewski, First Counsellor of the Polish Embassy, before the 32nd annual convention of the Federation of Polish Jews in America.

“During the last few months,” Kwapieszewski said, “Poland has learned much about the loyalty of her Jewish group and this loyalty must be acknowledged in the new State.” He stressed that the new Poland was fostering mutual cooperation, as evidenced by the presence in the Polish National Council, Parliament-in-exile, of Dr. Herman Lieberman and Dr. Ignacy Schwartzbard.

A message from Vice-Premier Kot of the Polish Government-in-exile exhorted all Polish citizens “without distinction of creed or race” to work for a free, democratic Poland.

Resolutions were adopted pledging support of President Roosevelt’s defense program, hoping for an Allied victory, urging Federation members to back the United Jewish Appeal, expressing sympathy for persecuted Jewry in Nazi Poland and the hope that a reconstituted Poland would take vigorous measures to prevent anti-Jewish discrimination, and pledging cooperation with the American Jewish Congress, the American ORT Federation and other Jewish groups.

Name of the organization was changed to the American Federation for Aid to Polish Jews. Benjamin Winter was re-elected president and Maldwin Fertig chairman of the Executive Council. Vice-presidents named were Harry J. Rubenstein, Dr. Samuel Margoshes, Abraham Goldberg, Mrs. A. P. Kaplan, Jacob Brown and Abraham E. Weman. Abraham I. Kandel was elected treasurer.

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