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Reich Negotiates with Polish Prime Minister for New Understanding

December 3, 1928
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Says Good Will Is Here; Government Organ Attacks Gruenbaum Policy (Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Several of the demands of the Jewish population in the Republic of Poland in relation to its economic and cultural needs will be placed on the agenda of the next session of the Council of Ministers, declared a statement issued Friday by Deputy Leon Reich, representative from Galicia and a staunch opponent of the Gruenbaum policy.

The statement was issued following an audience granted to the deputy by Prime Minister Bartel. Deputy Reich stated that he gained the impression that the government takes a great interest in the demands of the Jewish deputies and has an understanding of their importance. Political importance was ascribed to this communique in view of the recent clash between Deputy Isaac Gruenbaum, president of the Club of Jewish Deputies and General Skladkowski, Minister of the Interior, during the budget discussion in the Sejm commission.

The encounter between Deputy Gruenbaum and General Skladkowski is reechoing widely through the Polish press. In today’s issue, the Cracow newspaper, “Illustrowany Kurjer Codzienny,” a pro-government organ, commenting on the incident declared that “the time has come to put an end to the provocations of the Gruenbaumists and the Litvacks.”

The newspaper quotes a report made by Louis Marshall, president of the American Jewish Committee, on conditions in Poland in which it is declared that the present government is free of anti-Semitism. This is a significant statement, the paper declares, since Mr. Marshall was a co-author of the minorities treaty. The large number of votes polled in the last parliament elections by the Orthodox Jewish groups and by the Reich group in opposition to the Gruenbaum policy, is sufficient evidence of the change in the attitude of the Jews towards the Polish Republic. This makes it more necessary to undertake an energetic fight against the extreme nationalism. Deputy Gruenbaum’s comparison of General Skladkowski to the Czarist minister, Stolypin, is perfidious.

The paper, continuing in this vein and presenting the issue as an internal Jewish fight over policy, cites an incident which is alleged to have occurred recently in Vilna where Jewish nationalist students attacked and beat a group of Jewish assimilationist students. “The policy of Gruenbaum in Congress Poland and that of the Vilna Litvacks must be ended. It is incumbent upon the Jewish population itself to liquidate its militant nationalism,” the paper says.

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