HC Deb 25 July 1935 vol 304 c2013
61. Mr. JANNER

asked the Financial Secretary to the War Office whether, in view of the renewed attacks upon Jews in Germany and of the frequent injunctions against respect being shown even for the dead, he will take steps to ensure that the graves in Germany of British Jewish soldiers who were buried during the War will not be desecrated as have been many others?


The Imperial War Graves Commission, which is responsible for the maintenance of all British war graves in Germany, whether of Christians or of Jews, is satisfied that no desecration or attempts at desecration of the Jewish soldiers' graves under its charge has taken place in Germany. The Commission has its own British staff caring for the majority of the graves, and I do not think that any special steps are necessary.


Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the graves are protected by a German Act of 1920, and will he bring this to the notice of the Graves Commission so that they may see that the brutalities and desecrations which take place in other cemeteries will not take place in the case of the graves of British Jewish soldiers?


There has been no desecration of British graves in Germany, and I do not anticipate that there will be.