HC Deb 29 July 1941 vol 373 cc1241-2
29. Mr. G. Strauss

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that a book is being published in America entitled, "I was a Nazi Flyer," written by a German prisoner of war who baled out in this country and was sent to Canada; that this book sets out the faith of the Nazi soldier whether permission was given for this book to be published; and whether prisoners of war, under any circumstances, are entitled to have their writings published?

Mr. Sandys

The release for publication of a book written by a prisoner of war is a matter for decision by the military authorities under whose care he is detained. I have no information regarding the particular case to which my hon. Friend refers, but I am having inquiries made from the Canadian authorities.

Mr. Strauss

Does that mean that when a British prisoner of war is sent to Canada, a book can be published without the permission of the British authorities, dealing with something which he has written?

Mr. Sandys

I have replied that I do not know anything about this particular case and that I am looking into it.

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