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Poland (Arrests)

Volume 441: debated on Wednesday 30 July 1947

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what information he has received from the British Ambassador in Warsaw with regard to the arrest of Kazimierz Puzak, for many years Secretary General of the Polish Socialist Party, and the following leading Socialists; Jozef Dziegielewski, Adam Obarski, Wiktor Krawczyk, W. Wilczynski and T. Szturn de Sztrem; and whether he is in a position to make a statement to the House with regard to these arrests.

Three of the six Poles referred to, namely, Puzak, Krawczyk and Wilczynski, were, in fact, only arrested early in June, 1947. The other three were arrested in 1946, Obarski in October, Dziegielewski and Szturm de Sztrem in November. Obarski has been in prison ever since. Dziegielewski and Szturm de Sztrem were released in January and February, 1947, respectively, prior to their re-arrest in June. 1947.

How does the right hon. Gentleman account for the arrest of these leading Socialists by a Government presided over by a Socialist prime minister?