Squaring a Minorities Triangle: Lucien Wolf, Jewish Nationalists and Polish Nationalists
There it lay, the document formally recognizing and defining the boundaries of the Polish state for which so many had struggled so ardently so long. But accompanying that document was a letter from Georges Clemenceau, speaking for the Supreme Council of the Paris Peace Conference to Premier Ignacy Paderewski. Polish independence came with qualifications, safeguards for minorities or insults to a national community, depending upon one’s point of view. The most extensive and most specific were those providing special protection for Poland’s Jews.
KeywordsJewish Community National Minority National Autonomy Polish Government Jewish Question
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- 5.So important was Poland to French strategic plans that Dmowski’s overly anti-semitic National Committee convinced the French to veto Lewis Namier’s inclusion in the British peace conference staff. See N. Davies, ‘Great Britain and the Polish Jews, 1918–20’, Journal of Contemporary History, 8/2 (1973), 128CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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