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March 15, 1968 - Image 20

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1968-03-15

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Polish Communist Party Blames Jews for Riots and Student Protests

(Direct zrA Teletype Wire
to The Jewish News)

LONDON—The Polish Commun.
ist•Party is blaming Jews for or-
ganizing the street riots and stu-
dent demonstrations in Warsaw
and other cities protesting party
control over cultural affairs.
According to information re-
ceived here Wednesday from reli-
able sources in Warsaw, the cam-
paign to make Poland's 18,000 to
20,000 surviving Jews the scape-
goats for student unrest is being
conducted on the highest levels of
party leadership, especially among
those elements responsible for se-
curity and thus most vulnerable
to official criticisms for failing to
control events.
The reports were confirmed by
the Guardian, which said Wednes-
day that Warsaw newspapers are
printing the names of alleged

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Jewish instigators of the riots, and the "Zionists" were trying to pro- Warsaw Communist regime has re- confidence that Poles would see
through the "shabby propaganda"
party officials are making speeches tect themselves by accusing others sorted to anti-Semitism in an at-
of anti-Semitism and that "a num- tempt to discredit and silence of the authoritarian "Stalinism
blaming the Jews.
maintained by the Polish puppet
legitimate protests.
(The New York Times reported ber of the joint organizers of the
The Congressman said it was government that has adapted itself
from Warsaw Wednesday that a brawl are Polish citizens of Jewish tragic that Jews are again being to Moscow's anti-Jewish and anti-
Jew, Fryderyk Topolski, was one origin."
at a time ironically Israel line."
The Guardian noted that offi- scapegoated
of three high government officials
Rep. Derwinski is a member of
coinciding with the 25th anniver-
cial anti-Semitism reached a sary of the uprising of the Warsaw the House Committee on Foreign
summarily dismissed because of
high point in Poland immediately
alleged involvement of their chil-
Ghetto against the Nazis. He voiced Affairs.
after last June's Arab-Israel war
dren in the riots. Topolski was in
when a number of Jews resigned
charge of decentralizing Warsaw
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
20—Friday, March 15, 1968
from the Communist Party in
industry. His son, Wiktor, was
protest against official govern-
listed as a member of the Babel
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ment support of the Arabs and
Club and the Jewish Cultural So-
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a number of Poles likewise re- *
ciety which the newspaper, "Kuri-
signed commissions in the armed *
er Polski," singled out for respons-
services
in
sympathy
with
Israel.
ibility for the riots, according to
At that time, Polish Communist
the Times.)
Party chief Wladislaw Gomulka
The "Jewish Babel Club" was
warned
Poles, particularly Jews,
described as the meeting place of
against becoming "Zionist Fifth *
Announcing the Arrival of
the all"ged instigators by "Slowo
Columnists."
Powszchine," an ostensibly Catho-
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lic newspaper which is reported
Reliable sources in Warsaw said
ART REPRODUCTIONS
to be actually supported by the Wednesday that the most danger- *
ON CANVAS
Communist Party security appa- ous aspect of the current anti- *
ratus to counteract genuine Cath- Jewish campaign was the word-of-
Specially $03S
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olic opinion, the Guardian said. mouth rumors spread by security
Priced tiP
The paper blamed "Zionists" for agents which blame everything on *
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the demonstrations and printed the the Jews in the pre-war tradition *
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names of alleged Zionist students of Polish anti-Semitism. Party agi-
Next to
and their fathers who it accused tators have called numerous fac- *
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of serving the "Anti-Polish Party" Inry meetings which nassed resolu-
8:00
p.m.
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tions blaming the "Zionists" for *
of West Germany.
Open Sunday 10:30 a.m.
The Polish Communist Party's the current unrest, the JTA
Mon. thru Sat., 9:30 a.m. - 9:0C1 p.m.
official organ, "Tribuna Ludu" learned.
au Ps
also published the names of al- Meanwhile. a dignatch to the
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leged instigators in such a way I Washington Post from Warsaw
to make it clear that they are Wednesday charged that Polish ! -
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The dispatch, by Victor Zorza,
paper," the Gurdian said.
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has the Polish Jewish community. It is true that the offspring of
a miniscule fraction of the 3.500.- prominent former officials have
1
000 Jews who lived in Poland be- played an outstanding role in the
fore the war, the Jewish Tele- student and intellectual ferment in
Broken Sizes
'ranhic Agency learned.
Poland, and that many of these
Josef Kepa, the Communist Party officials were Jews.
secretary for Warsaw, alleged,
" A considerable proportion of
however, that the Jews were falsely these Jewish party leaders, who
charging anti-Semitism. He told a were among the most ferocious
meeting of party activists Tuesday Stalinists in the early days of the
Artr
night that the "trouble makers de- regime, have mellowed greatly
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veloped their campaign with a since then, and some of them have
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series of leaflets charging rampant tried to instill in their children
anti-Semitism" and were using the some of the idealism that first
"bogey of anti-Semitism at every brought them into the Communist
possible o-mortunity, particularly Party. The Jews have consequently
since Israel aggression against the found themselves largely on the
Just W. of Coolidge
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allow ourselves to be blackmailed narty conservatives have therefore
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The New York Times said that arguments with which to beat the LF
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Kepa rejecte• charges that the liberals."
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Youth Union and the Union of
Rural Youth, passed formal reso-

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anti-Semitic campaign and asso-
ciated themselves unmistakably
with the liberal opposition."
Describing expressions of Polish
authorities seeking to blame Jews
for recent rioting, Zorza reported
that "the narty's fear of a rising
has perhaps momentarily deprived
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Illinois Republican of Polish Chris-
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