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Jews in Poland

May 21, 1987

In reading the article (May 16) on the fate of the Jews of Poland, I was surprised to see no mention of the ferocious anti-Semitism displayed in Poland even after the defeat of Hitler.

There were numerous anti-Semitic assaults, including many murders, perpetrated against Jewish survivors of the Holocaust who had returned to Poland after World War II. These attacks reached a peak in the city of Kielce on July 4, 1946, at which time the Jewish population was attacked by Polish mobs that brutally murdered 42 of the Jewish residents.

These events were widely reported in the Western press at the time. The pogrom at Kielce is viewed by scholars of European Jewry as the turning point in the determination by many Jewish survivors to turn toward Israel for a future.

IRVING L. SELK

Los Angeles

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