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for these purposes, so that dead Poles could be
found lying about the German side of the
frontier. I refer the Tribunal now to three
short reports which corroborate the evidence
that that gentleman came and gave before you,
and they are found in the British Blue Book.
They are reports from the British Ambassador in
The first of them, TC-72,
Number 53, which becomes GB-51, is dated 26th of
series of incidents again occurred
yesterday on German frontier. I
pass to the next report, TC-72, Number 54, which
becomes GB-52. It is dated the same date, the
26th of August.
patrol met a party of Germans one
kilometer from the East Prussian
frontier near Pelta. Germans opened
fire. Polish patrol replied, killing
leader, whose body is being returned.
"German bands also
crossed Silesian frontier near Szczyglo,
twice near Rybnik, and twice elsewhere,
firing shots and attacking blockhouses
and customs posts with machine guns and
hand grenades. Poles have protested
vigorously to Berlin. "Gazeta
Polska, in an inspired lead article
today, says these are more than
incidents. They are clearly prepared
acts of aggression of para-military
disciplined detachments, supplied with
regular army's arms, and in one case it
was a regular army detachment. Attacks
more or less continuous.
incidents did not cause Poland to
forsake calm and strong attitude of
defense. Facts spoke for themselves and
acts of aggression came from German
side. This was the best answer to the
ravings of German press.
for Foreign Affairs state uniformed
German detachment has since shot a Pole
across frontier and wounded another."
for Foreign Affairs categorically deny
story recounted by Hitler to the French
Ambassador that 24 Germans were recently
killed at Lodz and eight at Bielsko. The
story is without any foundation
lastly, TC-72, Number 55, which becomes GB-53,
the report of the next day, the 27th of August.
far as I can judge, German allegations
of mass ill-treatment of German minority
by Polish authorities are gross
exaggeration, if not complete
is no sign of any loss of control of
situation by Polish civil authorities.
Warsaw, and so far as I can ascertain,
the rest of Poland is still completely