LONDON (Oct. 27)
Estimating that “almost two million Jews have already been destroyed in Nazi-occupied Europe, excluding those massacred in the parts of occupied Russia,” the Manchester Guardian, one of Britain’s leading newspapers, in an editorial today draws the attention of the United Nations to the process of Jewish extermination conducted by the Nazis.
Declaring that “the same fate is awaiting 4,500,000 more Jews in Europe if Hitler remains unchecked,” the article demands that the United Nations, which are now forming a commission to look into the Nazi atrocities against civilians in occupied countries, issue a special statement to emphasize that “those responsible for the hideous destruction of the Jews will come under the same retribution as those guilty of other war crimes.”
The article points out that of the 450,000 Jews in Germany in 1933, there are only 20,000 left. It emphasizes that “almost all Jews in the Czech Protectorate, Slovakia and Yugoslavia have been deported” and that in Rumania no more than 300,000 Jews remain. It urges the United Nations to make clear to the people of Germany and of Nazi-dominated countries that “anyone of the enemy who, when the day of retribution comes, will be able to show that he withstood Nazi pressure for torturing these innocent victims will have this count in his favor.”