Justyna Budzińska-Tylicka and Zofia Golińska-Daszyńska to Emily Greene Balch, October 15, 1921


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Copy of letter from the Polish Section, Varsovia, 15 / X 1921.

To Madam Secretary General of the International Women's League for Peace and Freedom in Geneva, of the Polish Section,


As a member of the world organization whose tendency is to raise the moral level of societies and which would like to base cordial understanding between nations, true internationalism, on justice and truth, the Polish Section takes the liberty to send you the leading questions:

1) Are you convinced that the newly formed Ukranian Section, whose delegates disseminate representing this nation, has the right to park on behalf of the women of Ukraine?

During our stay in Vienna we were surprised to hear these ladies speak out against Poland, whose government and army have recently made efforts to restore Ukraine's independence; and to see their unbeatable enmity towards our country, despite the peaceful and friendly relations of the two nations.

Don't forget, Madam, that the real Ukraine is at a state of peace with Poland, reached in Riga last March. The Ukrainian minority in the former Austrian Poland, Galicia, has equal rights with other citizens, which we demonstrated in a brief sent to the secretariat before the Congress in Vienna. These rights are guaranteed by the constitution of the Polish Republic which gives equal rights to all these citizens and the protection of national minorities. Ukrainians in ancient Galicia have attained economic, social and administrative privileges which have not been accorded them anywhere else. These privileges were observed and respected just as before the war, at a time when Galicia had a wide autonomy in which the Polish element had the political prestige and the strength of its number and its culture, as now by the Polish state . A considerable part of Ukrainian society in Galicia is convinced at this time that a loyal head with the [page 2] Pole is meeting their interests. Unfortunately there are other political costs as well.

Wanting to take into account the causes of the animosities of the Ukrainian delegates against Poland, we took personal information from them registered in the official list of delegates. The result is that these ladies are from old Galicia and not from the real and great Ukraine and that they belong to the same ultra-nationalist political party headed by Dr. Patrussewicz. dishonor in the eyes of civilized and pacifist world and even discredit among the Ukrainian people. Moreover, he has no right to represent the Ukrainian nation as the Ambassador of Ukraine lives in Varsovic and maintains friendly relations with our government.

2) L’Echo de Paris recounts in one of these latest issues of a fair call on behalf of the International League P. and L. by the German Section. This Section invites women of Poloniase nationality from Upper Silesia to join the German sections. The appeal is written in Polish - especially bad Polish - which is a very ordinary and intolerable turn on the part of an international organization. He speaks of “supporting the government of the Fruss which promises to Upper Silesia a complete autonomy and guarantees it well-being and happiness” and to extend the ca in to the German “compatriots”.

The Polish Section, which never hesitates to make a relabus, joins the editorial staff of the Echo de Paris to ask if the P. and L. Central Organization has given its authorization to this malicious and treacherous act?

Having full confidence that high internationalism is the goal of L-I-F .-. P-L. we can believe that the women of the West are duped by the nationalist crashes; so frequent, alas, now, but which should not take place after the act of world brotherhood, of which the Congress of Vienna must have been a source.

Please accept, Madam, expressing our distinguished sentiments.

(signed) President of the Polish Section: Dr. med. J. Budeinska Tylicka.

Vice-President: Dr. Z. Dascyniska-Golinska.

Varsowie, 15 / X, 1921 Wilera street 16 m 3.