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April 19, 1968 - Image 17

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1968-04-19

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JWB Acclaimed
by the President

Boris Smolar's

'Between You
and Me'

(Copyright 1968, JTA Inc.)

POLISH ECHOES: Should American Jewry proclaim a boycott of
Polish goods in the United States in retaliation for the ugly anti-
Jewish propoganda campaign upon which the Polish government has
embarked? Suggestions to that effect have been made by some
Jewish groups. But they find no encouragement from the major
Jewish organizations, such as the American Jewish Committee . . .
It is certain that Polish export to the United States — very important
to Poland's economy — would suffer, if a campaign to boycott Polish
products were started in this country . . . Delegations of Jewish
organizations which called upon the Polish ambassador in Washing-
ton protesting the anti-Jewish propaganda conducted by the govern-
ment-controlled press, received no satisfactory reply . . . Instead of
assuring the Jewish representatives that the propaganda campaign
— camouflaged as a campaign against "Zionism" — would be halted,
the ambassador claimed that there is no anti-Semitism in Poland .. .
This, at a time when Jewish organizations there have been threatened
openly by government. organs demanding that they deny that an
anti-Jewish atmosphere is now being created . . . It is obvious to
American Jewish leaders that in blaming "Zionism" for student
demonstrations, and by cynically belittling Jewish martyrdom during
the Nazi occupation of Poland, the Warsaw regime is seeking to out-
root the existing feelings of sympathy toward the Jews on the part
of the Polish youth . .. More than 40 per cent of the Polish popula-
tion today was born after the war and knows about the Nazi brutal-
ities against the Jews in Poland only from what they read in books
. . . Leaders of American Jewish organizations feel that the Polish
government — by distorting the facts about the Nazi annihilation of
the 3,000,000 Polish Jews, and alleging that Israel and West Ger-
many are conspiring together against Poland — clearly seeks to
indoctrinate the younger generation with. hatred toward Jews of the
same magnitude as the hate they feel so deeply toward the Ger-
mans . . . If this is not anti-Semitism, what is?

"PROTOCOLS" IN POLAND: The lengths to which official anti-Jewish
propaganda has gone in Poland can be seen from a study made of the
situation in the country . . . The study reveals that the notorious
anti-Semitic "Protocols of the Elders of Zion" — long established
as a forgery — has suddenly received wide circulation in Poland . . .
This could hardly take place without some official complicity . . .
Students and lecturers at the Warsaw University have similarly
started to receive anonymous, provocative anti-Semitic texts . . . The
Polish minister of culture, Kazimiers Rusinek, spoke
in a public
address of the "presence of thousands of Nazi experts in
the ranks
of the Israeli army" . . . A booklet by a high official of the Polish
ministry of interior, Tadeus Walichnowski, under the title "Germany
and Israel," which presented the governments of Bonn and Jerusalem
as accomplices, is now widely circulated throughout Poland . . . The
Great General Encyclopedia issued in Poland has been criticized
by Minister Rusinek in an article in the magazine "Polityka" for
giving special attention to the Nazi extermination of Polish Jews in
its description of the "Hitler Concentration Camps" . . . To ascribe
Jewish nationality to Poles of Jewish origin the minister
is "poltically harmful" . . The author of the article in the ency-
clopedia, Jerzy Gumkowski, and some members of the editorial staff,
were dismissed from the publishing house . . . Efforts to play down
the martyrdom of Jews who died in the Nazi holocaust are
being made -by Radio Warsaw.

EFFECT ON JEWS: American Jewish organizations, such as the
United Hias Service, are now studying the possibilities of the emigra-
tion from Poland as many of the 20,000 remaining Jews there as
possible . . . American Jewish Committee leaders have conferred
with State Department officials on the question of speeding up emigra-
tion procedures for Jewish applicants at the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw
I • Israel is, of course, ready to admit as many Jews from Poland
as may wish to go there . . . However, Jewish emigration from Poland
seems to be no easy matter today, despite the fact that Gomulka said
publicly that Jews wishing to leave Poland would be permitted to do
so . . . Emigration of Jews from Poland has faced government block-
age since Israel's Six-Day War . . In addition, the Polish Government
raised the passport fees from a few hundred zloty to 5,000
. .
It has also insisted that families who leave the country must zloty
use two
or more passports . . . This represents substantial cost in terms of
Polish income . . . Meanwhile, Jews in Poland are beginning to face
ever greater economic difficulties.


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Lyndon B. Johnson has acclaimed
the National Jewish Welfare Board
and its affiliated Jewish centers
and YM and YWHAs for setting
an example in "constructive civic
involvement" through their "crea-
tive participation in our domestic
effort to build a better society."
In a message to JWB on the
occasion of its 1968 national bien-
nial convention which begins
Wednesday at the Fairmont Hotel
in San Francisco, the President
"For 50 years your cultural, re-
ligious, educational and recreation-
al programs have lent comfort and
inspiration to the brave Jewish
men and women serving in our
armed forces. Through them you
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link between some of the finest
traditions of our democratic so-
ciety and the needs of the military
in times of peace and war.
"At the same time, the un-
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and Young Men's and Young
Women's H e b r e w Association
have placed the nation in your
Wilbur J. Cohen,, newly-named
health, education and welfare sec-
retary, said that the role of the
Jewish centers movement, because
of the impetus that it has given
federal anti-poverty, mental health
and community service projects,
has been enhanced as "a force
for social betterment and pro-

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NEW YORK (JTA)—The Israel
government has realigned its eco-
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corporate export promotional ac-
tivity with the functions of its in-
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