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Between the Millstones in Poland

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The Jews of Poland are on the march. Thousands are stampeding in caravans and trucks across the mountain passes into Czechoslovakia, through Austria, and into the U. S. occupation zone in Bavaria. Others take the northern route and travel via underground railway to the area of Frankfort-on-the-Main. From the beginning of May to the end of July, the U. S. zone of occupation has become the refuge of some 40,000 Polish Jews, who today await the opening of Palestine or of some other refuge for permanent settlement. Minus passports or visas, and without any means of support, these Jewish nomads come with fear in their hearts, telling the story of the worst anti-Semitic terror in post-Hitler Europe.

An A.P. dispatch from Lodz, one of the largest Jewish centers in present-day Poland, and the point of departure for go per cent of the Jews who reach the U. S. zone, tells us that “if Poland’s western frontiers were thrown open tomorrow, all but half-a-dozen Jews would have left Polish soil in a single week.”

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