Helena Sujkowska, Justyna Budzińska-Tylicka, and Sopie Prauss to Jane Addams, August 9, 1920

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CABLEGRAM

VARSOVIA

JANE [ADDAMS] HULL HOUSE CHICAGO

WE ARE DEEPLY GRATEFUL FOR YOUR ENCOURAGEMENT IN FORMING A POLISH SECTION OF WOMENS INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE FOR PEACE AND FREEDOM. WE ARE READY IN PRINCIPLE TO JOIN YOUR LEAGUE BUT AT THE PRESENT MOMENT ALL STRENGTH OF OUR PEOPLE MUST BE USED FOR [page 2] DEFENSE OF OUR COUNTRY INVADED BY THE ENEMY WHO REFUSING TO MAKE PEACE WITH POLAND FORCED MOST PACIFISTIC ELEMENTS TO TAKE PART IN WAR. IT IS NOW A TRULY POPULAR WAR FOR INDEPENDENCE. WE CONSIDER THAT OUR SOCIAL RESURRECTION CANNOT BE ACCOMPLISHED BY FOREIGN BAYONET AND POLAND IS [page 3] RIPE TO BRING ABOUT REFORMS BY EFFORTS TO HER OWN PEOPLE. RUSSIAN SOVIET MILITARY INTERVENTION ONLY PARALYZES OUR EFFORTS. WE BEG YOU TO INFLUENCE OUR NEIGHBORS THAT THEY SHOULD NOT DESTROY OUR INDEPENDENCE UNDER THE PRETEXT OF AFFECTING OUR SOCIAL SALVATION. PLEASE KINDLY WIRE THE ABOVE TO [page 4] ALL NATIONAL SECTIONS OF THE LEAGUE. [HELENA] SUJKOWSKA FOR LEAGUE OF POLISH WOMEN. DOCTOR BUDZINSKA TYLICKA FOR CLUB OF POLISH PROGRESSIVE WOMEN. SOPHIE PRAUSS SOCIALIST MEMBER OF WARSAW TOWN COUNCIL AND MEMBER OF THE EXECUTIVE OF THE POLISH SOCIALIST PARTY.