Polish Displaced Persons

Oral Answers to Questions — Germany – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 17th December 1945.

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Photo of Miss Eleanor Rathbone Miss Eleanor Rathbone , Combined English Universities 12:00 am, 17th December 1945

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether the large numbers of Polish displaced persons who have been repatriated or are being assembled for repatriation in Germany are being sent back only with their consent or irrespective of their wishes; do they include men, women and children; and do they include Jewish persons.

Photo of Mr John Hynd Mr John Hynd , Sheffield, Attercliffe

Poles, including Jewish persons, in the British Zone in Germany are not repatriated against their wishes. Those who have gone back include men, women and children.

Photo of Miss Eleanor Rathbone Miss Eleanor Rathbone , Combined English Universities

Is my hon. Friend sure that this is being fairly carried out, because my information is that many persons are being hustled into giving a dubious assent and cannot easily change it?

Photo of Mr John Hynd Mr John Hynd , Sheffield, Attercliffe

Full opportunities were given to all the Poles in the displaced persons camps to indicate whether or not they were prepared to return, and those who gave an affirmative reply are being returned. If there were any cases such as the hon. Lady suggests, they would, if brought to our notice, be inquired into.

Photo of Mr Hector Hughes Mr Hector Hughes , Aberdeen North

Do those persons include Jewish persons?

Photo of Mr John Hynd Mr John Hynd , Sheffield, Attercliffe

The answer states "Poles, including Jewish persons."