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Polish Prisoners Of War

Volume 411: debated on Tuesday 29 May 1945

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asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that among the women soldiers of the Polish home army at present in prisoner-of-war camps in Holland and Western Germany are nurses, teachers, lawyers, engineers, doctors, etc., whose services would be of the greatest value to the Allies; and when these women can be brought to this country for recuperation.

I have been asked to reply. My right hon. Friend the Prime Minister has already informed the House on 1st May that Polish prisoners liberated by the advance of the Allied Armies are being given shelter and maintenance under the authority of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief at various centres set up for their reception and that for the present they will continue to be cared for in this way.

asked the Secretary of State for War whether members of the Polish forces, prisoners from 1939 onwards, who have been liberated from various camps in Germany are being classed as displaced persons or as prisoners of war.

All Poles held as prisoners of war by the Germans and who have been uncovered in prisoner of war camps by the Allied Expeditionary Forces are dealt with as recovered United Nations prisoners of war; those found outside such camps are initially dealt with as United Nations displaced persons until identified as prisoners of war.