lundi 17 décembre 2012

Il y a 70 ans, Anthony Eden dénonçait l'extermination des Juifs d'Europe

BBC: Le 17 décembre 1942:

Britain condemns massacre of Jews - The British Foreign Secretary, Anthony Eden, has told the House of Commons about mass executions of Jews by Germans in occupied Europe.  Mr Eden also read out a United Nations declaration condemning "this bestial policy".

He said news of German atrocities sent in by the Polish Government and widely reported in the press this month would only serve to strengthen allied determination to fight Nazism and punish all those responsible.  After his announcement the House rose and held a one-minute silence in sympathy for the victims.

Mr Eden described how the German authorities, who have already stripped the Jews of their basic human rights, were now carrying out "Hitler's oft repeated intention to exterminate the Jewish people in Europe".

He described how hundreds of thousands of men, women and children were being transported from all German-occupied territory "in conditions of appalling horror and brutality" to Eastern Europe.
In Poland, Jewish ghettoes were being "systematically emptied" except for the able-bodied who were being sent to labour camps. "None of those taken away are ever heard of again," he said. Those who are sick or injured are left to die of exposure or starvation or killed in mass executions.

The House then heard him read out a declaration made by the governments of Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Greece, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, the United States, the UK, the USSR, Yugoslavia and the French National Committee.

It condemned "in the strongest possible terms this bestial policy of cold-blooded extermination" and made a "solemn resolution to ensure that those responsible for these crimes shall not escape retribution".

He said the United Nations would try to give asylum to as many refugees as possible but that there were "immense geographical difficulties" as well as security procedures to overcome.

James A De Rothschild, Labour MP for the Isle of Ely, made an emotional speech on behalf of British Jewry thanking Mr Eden and the United Nations for their declaration.

He said there were many first-generation Jews living in England who believed they had had a lucky escape from the concentration camps.

Four days ago, synagogues all over Britain held a day of mourning as a mark of concern for the massacre of the Jews in Nazi-occupied Europe.

The Chief Rabbi Dr J H Hertz called on all Jews to commemorate "the numberless victims of the Satanic carnage".

The Archbishop of Canterbury has also expressed his outrage in a letter to The Times earlier this month condemning "a horror beyond what imagination can grasp".

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