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British Government Treatment of Displaced Jews Draws Fire During Commons Debate

The British Government’s plan of forcing displaced persons in the British zone to work under the supervision of Germans was sharply attacked today by Samuel Silverman, Laborite M.P., during the course of a debate in Commons on the control commission for Germany and Austria.

Silverman complained of the government’s treatment of the 15,000 displaced Jews in the zone, most of whom are in the Bergen-Belsen camp. He asserted that “we ought not to compel them against their will to work in Germany, under German direction and reconstructing Germany.”

W.S. Shepherd, Conservative, charged that the Jewish Agency was creating dissension in Jewish camps in Germany and that propagandists were urging DP’s to demand that they be sent to Palestine. When Silverman denied that the Agency was carrying on such work, Shepherd stated that he had seen the propagandists at work in one of the camps.