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Internment Camps

Volume 440: debated on Monday 21 July 1947

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what is the number of persons held in concentration camps in the British zone of Germany on the grounds of their Nazi sympathies as at 1st June last; and how many of these persons are held as war criminals who have already been sentenced or who are awaiting trial, respectively.

The number of persons held in all Internment Camps and Settlements in the British zone of Germany at 1st June last was 23,565, of whom 18,807 were awaiting trial for membership of organisations declared criminal by the Nuremberg Tribunal. There were in these Camps no persons serving sentences, and no persons awaiting trial for specific war crimes, although 690 persons are held pending investigation.