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1,540 Palestine Jews Captured by Nazis in Greek Campaign, War Secretary Discloses

About 1,540 Palestine Jews who were fighting with the British forces in Greece and Crete are presumed to have been captured by the Nazis, it was disclosed today in Commons by Captain David Margesson, Secretary of State for War. The number of British Jews captured in these campaigns is difficult to ascertain, Margesson said.

In reply to a question by Col. Josiah Wedgwood concerning reports that the Germans were treating as traitors any captured Palestinians who were formerly of German or Austrian nationality, Capt. Margesson stated that there was no evidence of discrimination against any particular category of war prisoners.