Closing Address

  • Hubert G. Locke


On 23 March 1943, over two years after the dreadful London Blitz and a month before the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, the Archbishop of Canterbury, William Temple, rose in the House of Lords and moved:

that in view of the massacres and starvation of Jews and others in enemy and enemy-occupied countries, this House desires to assure His Majesty’s government of its fullest support for immediate measures … for extending help and temporary asylum to persons in danger of massacre …

The Archbishop cited figures of the Jewish annihilation ‘before which the imagination recoils’. He went on to say:

My chief protest is against procrastination of any kind … The Jews are being slaughtered at the rate of tens of thousands a day … We know that what we can do is small compared with the magnitude of the problem but we cannot rest so long as there is any sense among us that we are not doing all that might be done … We at this moment have upon us a tremendous responsibility. We stand at the bar of history, of humanity, and of God.


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