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Poles (German Treatment)

Volume 380: debated on Wednesday 17 June 1942

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (1) whether he is aware of the recent introduction by the Germans of compulsory labour service for all Poles by yearly age groups from 18 to 60 years of age; and whether, as this is a violation of international law, he will have it notified to the German Government that unless this practice is immediately stopped a similar compulsory labour service with conditions of equal severity will after the war be applied to all members of the Nazi party;

(2) whether he is aware of the quantity of Polish university professors and scientists deliberately murdered by the Nazis or caused to die in concentration camps, and especially the 60 Polish professors arrested in Lwow, 11 months ago, who have completely disappeared; and whether he will announce that all German professors of Nazi philosophy, Nazi geopolitics and of the pseudo-science of racial superiority will at the end of the war be themselves placed in prison for a lengthy term of years?

His Majesty's Government have received information regarding these and similar crimes and violation of international law committed by the German occupying authorities in Poland. I am glad to have this opportunity to remind those authorities and also the Polish people, who are showing such tenacity and fortitude in their present trials, of the Prime Minister's statement on 25th October last that retribution for such crimes must henceforward take its place among the major purposes of the war.