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German Concentration Camps

Volume 411: debated on Tuesday 29 May 1945

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asked the Secretary of State for War if any approximate estimate has been formed of the number of persons, German and other nationalities, respectively, who were found in the Nazi concentration camps or who lost their lives there.

Well over 500,000 men and women have been found in the concentration camps in S.H.A.E.F.'s area. It is not yet possible to divide this figure by the nationalities of those detained or to give an estimate of the numbers who had lost their lives there.

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he now has any official information about the bombing of Teresin concentration camp by German airmen; and whether Germans concerned in the bombing will be traced and treated as war criminals.

The answer to the first part of the Question is "No, Sir." The second part of the Question will be considered when official information is available.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps are available to an alien in Britain to communicate with his wife and family recently released from a German concentration camp.

I have been asked to reply. An alien in this country, whether free, in detention, or in internment, may use the British Red Cross message and inquiry service to send messages to or make inquiries about his wife and family in Germany. But, under present conditions, it is unavoidable that it should take some time before replies or information can be expected from Germany. As regards normal civilian postal facilities with Germany, I would refer my hon. Friend to the answer given to the hon. Member for West Leyton (Mr. Sorensen) on 2nd May, 1945.