Montgomery Denies Beating of Displaced Jews Who Protested Against Bevin Policy

A statement by Field Marshal Sir Bernard Montgomery’s headquarters denying that displaced Jews in the British zone in Germany were beaten by military police when they attempted to demonstrate against the Bevin statement on Palestine was published here today. Montgomery confirmed that hunger strikes had taken place in several Jewish D.F. camps, but said that in no cases were the Jews mistreated.

(Joseph Rosenzaft, chairman of the Jewish Committee in the British zone, who is in Atlantic City attending the UJA conference, told the JTA today that eight Jews were arrested in Hanover following an anti-White Paper demonstration. He said that they were held for two days, and released on 500 marks bail only after protests by the Jewish Committee.

(Typewriters taken from the offices of the Jewish committee at the Finnhorst camp in Hanover were returned, he said, as was the Zionist flag, which had been thrown on a garbage heap. Apolozing for their desecration of the banner, a spokesman for the British troops said that the soldiers had not known it was "a Jewish flag." Rosenraft corrected the orginal report concerning the incident, which said that it had occurred at the Bergen-Belsen camp.)

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