Today it is very difficult to collect information on political affiliation of Łęczyca Jews. No information on the leaders or members of political parties has survived in archival resources. The only known fact is that the Łęczyca community was influenced by Orthodox and Zionist Jews, including the Mizrachi Zionist Orthodox Organisation (it argued for the creation of an Israeli state in Palestine, the supremacy of the Hebrew language, equal rights for the Jewish population in Poland with full loyalty towards the Polish state) and the Organisation of Orthodox Jews in Poland Agudah Israel Union of Israel (an organisation associating Orthodox Jews). The postulates put forward by the Bund (proper name: the General Jewish Labour Union in Lithuania, Poland and Russia, an anti-Zionist Jewish left party) were popular among workers of small Łęczyca factories. However, lack of formal organisation and leaders left the Bund without significant power and influence within the Jewish community of Łęczyca. The Jewish Social-Democratic Workers' Party the "Workers of Zion," or Poale Zion, was in a similar situation and its activities were of only symbolic significance. Representatives of all the parties that were active in Łęczyca stood in local elections. It has been impossible to establish in what proportions they were elected to the local government. Undoubtedly, rabbi Abraham Tzvi Perlmutter of Łęczyca Orthodox circles was the most politically successful local Jew. Rabbi Perlmutter became a member of the Polish Sejm, the lower house of parliament. In parliament, he argued for equal rights for Jews and autonomy for Jewish communities[1.1].

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  • [1.1] Sz. Rudnicki, Żydzi w parlamencie II Rzeczypospolitej (Jews in the Parliament of Inter-war Poland), Warsaw, 2004, pp. 411–419.