London (Jan. 31)
The British Government will do its utmost to insure the punishment of Nazis guilty of the mistreatment and murder of Germans, it was stated in Commons today by Under-Secretary of the Foreign Office Richard K. Law.
Mr. Law’s statement was taken to mean that Britain would insist on punishment for crimes against Jews, Catholics and other persecuted persons inside Germany. He added that Britain planned to treat as war criminals those responsible for the murder and persecution of anti-Nazi Germans in concentration camps or elsewhere.
The Under-Secretary said that the punishment would be meted out “by the authorities in control in Germany at the end of the war,” adding that “I can leave it to you to guess who those authorities will be.”
Lord Wright, who represents Australia on the War Crimes Commission, was elected chairman of the body today. He had been serving as acting chairman since the resignation of Sir Cecil Hurst, British delegate, who resigned, reportedly, in protest against the Foreign Office’s failure to support his demand for punishment of Axis crimes against their own nationals.