Austrians (Registration)

Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Defence – in the House of Commons on 22nd October 1942.

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Colonel Cazalet:

asked the Home Secretary whether, in view of recent pronouncements by the Government, former Austrian citizens now in this country will be permitted to change the designation of their identity cards from German to Austrian if they wish to do so?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

I would refer to the answer I gave to the Question on this subject by my non. Friend the Member for East Wolverhampton (Mr. Mander) on 15th instant.

Colonel Cazalet:

Although such a change may not alter the status of these individuals, would it not, from the psychological point of view, be a great relief and comfort to them?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

I am afraid that we should get into complications. It does not follow because a person comes from Austria that he is more loyal than if he comes from Germany. It would be most unwise to give this sentimental concession, which would only land us into difficulties before we were much older.

Mr. Astor:

Will the Minister pay particular attention to the cases of Austrians who never accepted the Anschluss, and who refused to register with German Consulates for German passports?