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Unrra Will Dismiss Gen. Morgan; Official Announcement Expected Today

January 4, 1946
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The Jewish Telegraphic Agency was reliably informed today that UNRRA will dismiss Lt. Gen. Sir Frederick Morgan. A statement to this effect is expected to be issued tomorrow, simultaneously in London and Washington.

Gen. Morgan, chief of the UNRRA operations in Germany, said yesterday in Frankfurt that he was not impressed “by all the talk about programs within Poland.” He declared at a press conference that a Jewish secret force is organizing the exodus of Jews from Europe and added that Jews fleeing from Poland to Berlin were “well-dressed, well-fed, rosy-checked and have plenty of money.”

Prof. Oscar Lange, new Polish ambassador to the United States, interviewed today by correspondents during a courtesy call be paid at the State Department, virtually gave the lie to Gen. Morgan by confirming that there had been one program in Cracow, Poland, and numerous individual acts of violence against Jews in that country.

While declining to comment specifically on the Morgan statement, the Polish envoy charged that political anti-Semitism was active in Poland, particularly on the part underground elements affiliated with Gen. Wladyslaw Anders, now commander of the Second Polish Corps in Italy. (A variety of reports in recent months have charged that Gen. Anders, although in Italy, is the actual leader of the anti-government underground in Poland.) Ambassador Jane compared present-day underground anti-Semitism with the murders committed by the “Feme” elements in Germany during the early days of the Weimar Republic.

Mr. Lange further charged that a next of the Polish underground anti-Semitism was located in the town of Coburg, Bavaria, which is in the American-occupied zone in Germany.

Peter I. Alexeev, chief of UNRRA’s mission to Czechoslovakia, told a press conference here today that there is no evidence that Polish Jews who fled to Czechoslovakia have any organized plan for a mass exodus to Palestine. He said that displaced persons were no great problem in Czechoslovakia since their number was “very small.”

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