Berlin Bishop's Pronouncement

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Information – in the House of Commons on 24th February 1943.

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Photo of Sir Patrick Hannon Sir Patrick Hannon , Birmingham Moseley

asked the Minister of Information whether his attention has been called to the declaration embodied in his Christmas pastoral letter by the Bishop of Berlin, Count von Preysing, attacking Nazi philosophy and demanding that justice and right should be the governing principles among nations, of which a copy has been sent to him; and whether this pronouncement has been broadcast to the German people?

Photo of Mr Brendan Bracken Mr Brendan Bracken , Paddington North

The answer to both parts of the Question is "Yes, Sir."

Photo of Mr Tom Driberg Mr Tom Driberg , Maldon

Will the right hon. Gentleman also send a copy of this admirable pastoral to Lord Vansittart?

Photo of Mr Reginald Sorensen Mr Reginald Sorensen , Leyton West

Is it possible for copies of all these various pronouncements by anti-Nazi German bishops and others to be placed in the Library for our perusal?

Photo of Mr Brendan Bracken Mr Brendan Bracken , Paddington North

In so far as we can lay our hands on them, certainly I shall adopt that suggestion.

Photo of Sir Patrick Hannon Sir Patrick Hannon , Birmingham Moseley

Has the right hon. Gentleman any information as to what effect these broadcasts have upon the German people?

Photo of Mr Brendan Bracken Mr Brendan Bracken , Paddington North

It is very hard for us to estimate what effect broadcasts by German bishops have upon Germans.

Photo of Mr Reginald Sorensen Mr Reginald Sorensen , Leyton West

What effect do broadcasts by English bishops have here?