Senate Hears Plea That German Atrocities Against Jews Be Considered As War Crimes

A joint declaration by the United Nations proclaiming that crimes committed against Jews in Europe will be punishable as war crimes was demanded today by Senator Guy M. Gillette, Iowa Democrat.

In a speech prepared for delivery on the floor of the Senate, Gillette asked that the governments of the United Nations instruct their representatives on the War Crimes Commission that such was the case irrespective of the territory on which the crime was committed, and irrespective of the citizenship or its lack at the time of the victims death.

“Reports emanating from German-occupied Europe make it evident that Germany’s campaign of mass murder against the Hebrew people is still continuing unabated,” Gillette said. He emphasized that there are still approximately a million and one half Jews in slave labor battalions, in concentration camps, and in other areas in German-occupied territories. “Unless some new and drastic measures be undertaken by our government and the other governments of the United Nations, even these survivors will be slaughtered by the Germans,” he declared.

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