Jewish Question Acute and Complex in Poland; Pogroms Exaggerated -- Germans and Bolsheviki Both Stir

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Jewish Question Acute and Complex in Poland; Pogroms Exaggerated -- Germans and Bolsheviki Both Stir - pro-' say per JEWISH QUESTION ACUTE AND COMPLEX...
pro-' say per JEWISH QUESTION ACUTE AND COMPLEX I N POLAND ; POGROMS EXAGGERATED Outrages Have Occurred And Official Reports Denying Them Are Untrue, But They Were Not As Serious As Indicated Germans And Bols-heviki Both Stirring Up Trouble. One of the most complicated matters that came to her attention during her sojourn in Europe was the Semitic question, which is discussed in this article by Mrs. Marguerite E. Harrison, Staff Correspondent of The Sun. Mrs. Harrison went to Poland with an open mind as to the reports of pogroms in that country. Her investigation convinced her that the pogrom reports were overdrawn and also that the official denials of pogroms were untrue, and that the truth lay half-way between. She also found that the Jewish trouble was largely caused by German agitators, when it was not due to the hoarding propensity of Jews themselves. By Marguerite E. Harrison, ' M'lff Correspondent of The Sun. - i Copyright by the A. S. Abell Co.) . The recent, pogroms in Poland are no) place, is that the truth jlies between the new story to Americans, home months ago the country was shocked by accounts of the pogroms in Wilna and Lida, emanating from Jewish 'sources, in which it was stated that hundreds of. Jews had been massacred by the Polish troops who had driven out the ..Bolshevik forces. Later these stories were alternately corroborated and denied by Jewish and" Polish investigators,- respectively. Hugh Gibson, American " Minister to Poland, with Colonel Bailey, military attache at Warsaw, and Colonel Godson, from the American Legation at Berni.-., accompanied by a well-known. newspaper correspondent, were among the. first to make reports in which the previous accounts of ' the pogroms were branded as gross exaggerations, and the Poles given a thorough coat of whitewash. Since then piany contradictory reports have bcetv given out by various commissions and publicists, and at present a Government commission, under Henry Morgen-thau. former Ambassador to Turkey, is trying to ascertain the truth underlying these conflicting statements. y Report Are 14xas'S''rated. Mv own impression, gathered from personal experiences in Russian Poland bhortly after the pogroms had taken two extremes. The reasons for the treat ment which the Jewish population received at Polish hands are deep-seated, having their origin in complicated economic, political and social problems, which cannot be grasped by any-superficial survey of the situation. . I wonder how many, Americans, with the exception of some thousands of our Jewish citizens, have actually seen a pogrom outside of tho movies. When I was in Lithuania last May I saw an incident which gave me an idea of what a pogrom means. 1 had gone from Kovno to .Wilkomir. a town 'which had been taken from the Bolsheviki a few days previously" by the German aid Lithuanian troops, with two American officers of the Hoover Food Commission and a representative of the American lied Cross. While they were conferring with the Mayor and other town officials about the distribution of food, clothing and other supplies, I wandered out alone to talk with the inhabitants. They were nearly all Jews, which is usually the case in the towns, the native population being almost entirely confined to the country districts.. By means of German, a few Yid-dish phrases and my limited Polish vo- Continued on Page 5, Column .)

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  1. The Baltimore Sun,
  2. 23 Sep 1919, Tue,
  3. Page 1

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