Victims of Persecution (Rations)

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 he is now able to report on any arrangements for enabling German Jews or other German victims of Nazi persecution who have been freed from concentration camps or have emerged from hiding, to obtain rations in excess of those allowed to ordinary Germans; and, if so, will he explain the arrangements for enabling these victims to establish their claim.

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

Many German victims of Nazi persecution who have been freed from concentration camps, including German Jews, are being housed at displaced persons assembly centres where they receive preferential treatment in the matter of food and clothing. On discharge from assembly centres, survivors of concentration camps receive a ration equivalent to that of a medium heavy worker, but in the case of those who went back to their homes independently, the administrative difficulties of tracing them for the purpose of providing special treatment are formidable. The British authorities in Germany have the matter in hand and, while I am not in a position to give a definite assurance, I hope that it will be possible to overcome the difficulties.