London (Apr. 26)
The warning issued this week by the Big Three to all Gestapo men and other guards, doclaring that they will be held personally responsible if harm comes to prisoners in their custody, applied to Jewish inernees of any country, including the Axis nations, Prime Minister Churchill said today in Commons.
Replying to a query by S. S. Silverman, Laberite member, the Prime Minister said that the warning was not limited, in principle, to Allied prisoners of war and internces, or deportees who are United Nations citizens, but extends to all prisoners in Nazi hands of whatever raco, origin or religion, including stateless Jews and Austrian and German political prisoners who suffered as a result of sympathy for, or activities in behalf of, the United Nations. Mr. Churchill added that he had not had time to consult with the other Allied governments on the terms of the statement, but he could not conceive of the slightest difference regarding principles.
Addressing a mass meeting called by the World Jewish Congress, last night, Mr. Silvermen, who returned a few days ago from a tour of the Buchenwald camp, urged that the San francisco Conference establish collective international resposibility for proventing the cvil of racism from arising again anywhere in the world. He demanded that the British Government admit immediately to England survivors in Nazi camps who have relatives here, and, lastly, urged “an end to the homelessness of the Jewish people.”