U.N.R.R.A. In Poland
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The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada), 24 Apr 1947, p. 331-344


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U.N.R.R.A. In Poland


The unhappy condition in which Poland found herself at the end of the war. Widespread misconceptions which appear to have been formed both on this continent and in the British Isles on the subject of Poland. Evidence of this misconception. Sympathy and liking for the Poles experienced by the people who worked there for the U.N.R.R.A. The hospitality and friendliness of the Polish people. The difficulty of conveying a precise picture of what is going on in Poland, both good and bad. The absence of apathy and indecision in Poland, which appears to characterize a number of other European countries which the speaker has visited since the war. Poland's losses during the Second World War. The state of the health of the Polish people at the end of the war. A detailed description of a hypothetical Polish family, to illustrate their condition. Assistance to Poland through the UNRRA, with figures. Details of food and agriculture. The state of Poland's industries. Retooling the railway repair shops. Advisory services made available through the UNRRA. Direct and indirect effects of UNRRA. Avoiding inflation. A description of the UNRRA Mission itself, centered mainly in Warsaw. The function of the Mission to supervise and insist that distribution was carried out without discrimination as to race, religion, or political belief. Discussion as to whether in fact such equitable distribution was achieved. Results of preference for given classes of people. The solicitous treatment of university students and children. The appreciation of the Polish government, demonstrated by their participation in international specialized agencies. The future of Poland.