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Minutes from a BBC Polish Service Meeting

Polish authorities thank the BBC for its support.

BBC ARCHIVE
WRITTEN DOCUMENT 1942

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MINUTES OF 150th MEETING TO DISCUSS BBC / POLISH BROADCASTS

Wednesday, April 25th, 1945 - 11.30a.m.

Present: Mr. D.E.Ritchie (in the chair); Count Balinski-Jundzill Mr. Frank
Savery; S/Ldr. Calder; Kr. K wagner; Mr. Gregory Macdonald

Absent: Mr. D. Edwards; Dr. Morison

1244 LT. NOWAK'S TALKS (re 1238)
Date for broadcasting not yet fixed.

1245 DISPLACED FOREIGN WORKERS IN GERMANY (re 1240)


Count Balinski reported that the Polish authorities were drafting some
instructions for broadcasting. On Mr. Ritchie's suggestion he agreed to ask his
authorities to coordinate such instructions with SHAEF.
Questionnaire (re:1233) S/Ldr Calder reported that a reminder had been sent to
Major Bryson.


1246 POLISH WOMEN SOLDIERS (re 1243)
Mr. Wagner reported that an English-speaking member of the Polish Women's Forces
was now in London end could be approached for a talk. Mr. Ritchie drew his
attention to a dispatch from Robert Dunnett.


1247 GERMAN CONCENTRATION CAMPS
Count Balinski said the Polish authorities wished to thank the BBC for pointing
out in connection with the German atrocity camp stories that those discoveries
were not new and that reports of conditions in German camps in Poland had
consistently been published throughout the war. Count Balinski produced
documented evidence of atrocity camps existing in Poland which had been
published in 1942. Recent discoveries confirmed that Polish statements had not
been merely propaganda. Mr. Wagner to let Mr. Macdonald have material for an
Inscript on the subject which Mr. Ritchie suggested Mr. Wagner could also offer
to the Home Service. It was agreed that it might be suggested to the Home
Service that the Dean of Chichester be asked to give a talk on the subject to
the home public.


1248 WORLD SECURITY
Agreed that as a series of talks on world security were already being given in
the BBC Polish Service a series of talks by the Secretary of the Polish League
of Nations Asscciation should be run in 'Radio Polskie.'


1249 JERUSALEM SALEM AND CAIRO
Count Balinski reported that in view of the large number of Poles in the Middle
East he had asked C.(Eur.S.) if any time could be allocated for Polish
transmissions on the Yellow Network as broadcasts in Polish from Jerusalem and
Cairo had now ceased.


1250 MAY 3rd
Mr. Macdonald drew attention to the need for coverage arrangements for May 3rd
- Polish Constitution Day.
- 1 - P.T.0.


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Document Type | Minutes

25 April 1945

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1945

Synopsis

The fact that Polish reports from 1942 onwards highlighted the persecution of the Jews are acknowledged in the minutes of this meeting after the discovery and liberation of the concentration camps in Europe. The fear at the time was that reports about the treatment of the Jews might be regarded as propaganda and not believed, so extreme was the situation.

Did you know?

The minute of music played at the end of a broadcast by the Polish Service may have seemed odd to some, but to the Polish resistance it was a valuable cipher indicating whether RAF planes would be flying to Poland and where they would land or drop supplies.

Contributors

Squadron Leader Calder
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D Edwards
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Count Balinski Jundzill
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Gregory Macdonald
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Dr Morison
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Frank Savery
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K Wagner
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