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Trepper Wants to Join ‘jewish Orchestra’

May 24, 1972
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Jewish life no longer exists in Poland, according to Leopold Trepper, former chief of the Soviet spy network the “Red Orchestra.” Trepper, who was interviewed last week by a Danish reporter, said “I saw the final solution to the Jewish problem in Poland with my own eyes.”

He said he is no longer the leader of a Red orchestra, but would like to join a “Jewish orchestra in a country where Jews are still allowed to follow their own culture.” Trepper explained that the “Jewish Orchestra” has nothing to do with spying, but with “leading a Jewish life.” He declared: “I am not a Zionist, but I would like the Polish authorities to let me go to my people in Israel.” He has been trying to obtain an exit visa since Jan.

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