WWII: Witnessing the Holocaust | Personal accounts of persecution and genocide by the Nazi regime
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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
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.
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Document Type | Minutes
25 April 1945
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.
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.
Seven days after its liberation, the horrors of Buchenwald are made known.
A Canadian reporter provides a first hand account of a concentration camp near Zutphen.
The broadcaster recounts the horrors of Belsen.
The survivors and the soldiers who relieved Belsen bear witness to the horrors of the camp.
A Red Cross appeal seeking relatives of children liberated from concentration and labour camps.
The only Briton found alive in Belsen describes his experiences there.
A Polish commercial artist describes his experiences in a German concentration camp.
'Tonight' on the trail of Dutch war criminal Pieter Menten.
'Blue Peter' explores the Anne Frank story.
Harrowing memories of the concentration camps recounted by survivors.
The story of the man who warned the Allies about the Final Solution.
One of Auschwitz's most famous survivors talks to Sue MacGregor.
Broadcaster Ludovic Kennedy meets Nazi-hunter Simon Wiesenthal.
Documents reveal that Britain knew something of the Nazi slaughter of the Jews as early as 1941.
Helen Bamber shares her memories of the liberation of Belsen.
Artist Marianne Grant tells of how she was forced to paint for Dr Josef Mengele in Auschwitz.
A Holocaust survivor and her grandson return to the scene to unlock her story.
Should more be reported on the atrocities in France?
The BBC broadcasts more information on the atrocities in occupied Europe.
Parliament's reaction to news of the Nazis' liquidation of the ghettos.
BBC management considers ways of combating anti-Semitism.
The importance of disseminating news on the liberated concentration camps.
News reports continue to emphasis the liberation of the concentration camps.
A harrowing and moving account of the conditions in Belsen.
Polish authorities thank the BBC for its support.
The submission of Patrick Gordon Walker's diary on Belsen.
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