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Transfer of Jews from Polish Army to British Will No Longer Be Permitted, Eden Says

May 18, 1944
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The transfer of Jews from the Polish Army to the british will not be permitted any longer “under any circumstances” Foreign Secretary anthony Eden told the House of Commons today. This applies to the Polish-Jewish soldiers who were amnestied by President Raczkiewicz and who are refusing to leave the places where they are imprisoned unless they are admitted to the British forces, Olden said.

Pointing out that the amnesty decree completely annulled all punishment imposed by a Polish court martial upon the 21 Jewish soldiers who left the Polish Army because of anti-Semitism and sought to enter British units, Eden said that the pardoned men have been sent to a central Polish replacement depot from where they will be assigned to various units in accordance with their previous training.

Eden stated that the British Government warmly welcomed the action by the Polish Government, and expressed the hope that the incident would now be considered closed, and that “the men involved would go forward to play a part in the great actions which are impending.”

The London News-Chronicle publishes an editorial stating that the disagreeable impression resulting from the court-martialing of the Jewish soldiers has not been entirely effaced by the amnesty “since it is plain that these unhappy men were freed only under the pressure of public opinion.”

Meanwhile, the commission appointed by the Polish National Council to inquire into anti-Semitic conditions in the Polish Army met today and elected Adam, Ciolkosz, Socialist, chairman Emanuel Szerer, Jewish Socialist, was named secretary.

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