Statistics on Jews in Eastern Galicia - final remarks #galicia


Peter Jassem <jassep@...>
 

Dear Alex,

You wrote:
"I have been awaiting >from Peter promised detailed data on 1921 and 1931
Poland census results and the clear definition of the "Jewish nationality"
term."

Unfortunately my limited mobility due to my recent injury prevented me from
getting to the appropriate resources. A friend has promised however to look
for and deliver such materials to my home, and if it happens I will
certainly analize them and share my findings with you. I did some reading on
the subject and found a comment that in 1921 census there was some ambiguity
regarding Belorussians. The assimilated, Polish-speaking, Roman-Catholics
of Belorussian ancestry were counted as Poles. This, by reference, leads us
to better understanding of possible source of difference in numbers of
Galician Jews by nationality and faith in the 1921 census.
You wrote:
On a final note I strongly disagree with Peter that Versailles Treaty did
not deal with the borders issue."

I guess, this was a misunderstanding rather than a difference of opinion. I
meant that the Peace Treaty of Nov. 11, 1918 did not deal with borders. The
June 28, 1919 Versailles Treaty dealt with borders and it dealt very
extensively with the borders of Germany including the Polish-German border.
The overall detailed boundaries of Europe, including the non-German
boundaries of Poland had not been determined there yet. Section VIII
(Poland), Article 87 says "The boundaries of Poland not laid down in the
present Treaty will be subsequently determined by the Principal Allied and
Associated Powers." The Treaty of St. Germain (September 1919) has also
left the final disposition of Eastern Galicia unresolved thus unleashing
Pilsudskis dreams of multi-ethnic Poland including all of Galicia and
Ukrainian dreams of sovereignty.

You wrote:
"I would also like to clarify that my Dad communicated in Hebrew to his
first wife in prewar Poland, not to my Mom who spoke Yiddish."

I find this subject fascinating and hope to hear more >from others on the use
of Hebrew in Poland.

Thank you Alex. My pleasure having this conversation. Thank you all who
are still willing to read.

Peter Jassem,
Toronto, Ontario
jassep@tdbank.ca

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