Letter: Dark ages of '39

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The Independent Online
THE PEOPLE of Britain did not have to wait for Victor Gollancz's pamphlet in 1943 to know about the SS atrocities against the Jewish people (Letters, 2 May). A government White Paper, Papers concerned with the Treatment of German Nationals in Germany (Cmd. 6120), was published in late 1939. It tells of a savagery towards the Jews between 1938 and 1939, which the introduction describes as "reminiscent of the darkest ages in the history of man". A paper dated 18 February 1939 says "In present-day Germany no word strikes greater terror in people's hearts than the name of Buchenwald".