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Adelaide Southern Cross (Newspaper) - March 28, 1947, Adelaide, South Australia National Library of Australia Warsaw echoes edicts of Moscow reason Why few poles will return Home in the United kingdom there Are to Day some 12,7,000 polish nationals most of them in the armed forces. Overseas in theatres under British control Are another 25,000. Some of these exiles were among the few who did Battle in the skies Over Britain during the summer of 1940. Others became famous at Obruk Alamein and Monte Cassino. Everywhere they fought magnificently because they were fighting for Poland. Michael Raymond our special correspondent in London explains their position. A May 8, 1945, the Battle ended in the West. But for the poles there was no return Home. Poland was occupied ruled by a red clique that was backed by the guns of the red army. Two months later Bri Tain withdrew recognition from the polish government in London. No one supposes that this was other than a move of expediency. Whether or not Britain and the . Had any other Choice than to accede to Stalin s demands at Yalta and Teheran is outside the scope of this Survey. It was quite evident however that the British govern ment was not Happy about the state of affairs in Poland. Or. Churchill pledged that no pole would be forced to return to Poland against his will. The London polish government of course was no longer in a position to maintain the thousands of men outside Poland. So the British government formed an interim Treasury committee to take financial responsibility until it became Clear whether or not these men could reasonably be asked to go Home. Churchill s pledge honoured Warsaw became vociferous backed by the rudder tinted elements at Westminster but the new labor government disregarding the smear Campaign that sprang up against the poles everywhere and particularly in Scotland stood by the policy of or. Churchill s coalition. It went further and set up a re settlement corps ready to train the men who would stay in Britain. Now it is apparent that the recent polish elections to which the most solemn pledges were attached were to quote senator Vandenberg chairman of the . Senate s foreign affairs committee rigged and terrorised. And or. Attlee s government has introduced its polish resettlement Bill. The chief function of this Bill which has had its second Reading in the commons and has reached the committee stage is to Transfer the responsibility for the poles from the interim Treasury committee to Defi Nite government departments. Sorry spectacle this is significant because it indicates that Britain sees Little Hope of restoring Freedom and democracy in Poland and has finally moved to make the decisive gesture of absorb ing the exiles to herself. It is All the same a sorry spec Tacle. We sold Poland and we can not buy her Back even if we want to. Conscience pricked into life perhaps by the manpower shortage impels us now to protect those who Are in directly the victims of our bid for Unity with Moscow. The scope of the resettlement Bill is to meet the needs of. Certain poles and others associated with the polish forces to provide for their requirements As regards health and educational services to provide for making arrangements and meeting expenses in connection with their Emi Gration to modify As respects the polish resettlement forces provisions relating to the service of aliens in the forces of the Crown and for Pur poses connected therewith and consequential thereon. Proper provision under the Bill this is what the British government will provide for polish soldiers for those who want to go Home it will arrange repatriation. This in All likelihood will be its least task. For those who want to emigrate it will help both financially and ill finding new Homes abroad. Polish Anders with veterans of to Obryk Alamein a and Monte Cassino for those who elect to stay in Britain it will provide training to take a responsible place in British life. Existing health services Are to continue. In addition one or two hospitals and a medical school will be established. There is also to be a polish univer sity College to accommodate 1,350 students. This when it appears will absorb the 1,000 poles studying now in British universities whose Grants will terminate with the end of the interim Treasury committee. There Are already various technical training centres and schools Trade and Commerce agriculture electrical engineering. Another move is the raising of limits on aliens in the British armed forces. At present the highest pro portion allowed is one alien to every 50 British personnel. Moreover a foreigner cannot at present reach higher than warrant rank. This re Striction will also be lifted for the poles. Many difficulties the government Hopes that of the polish soldiers who join the forces of the British Crown Many will eventually become British citizens. It has emphasised that such men would not be regarded As available military personnel if any trouble or dispute Ever arose with Poland. Dependents Are not forgotten either. Under the Bill the govern ment will make provision for them by pension and other schemes. Some men already have trades which they May wish to follow. Others will be taught trades. Very few Are ready yet to step into. British life. Language for instance is an obvious Barrier More serious in some professions than others. An extreme Case would be the printing Trade. To get Over snags like this the resettlement corps will include inter Sive courses in English. Union opposition the attitude of the Trade unions must not be ignored. Here indeed is strongly Felt the influence of the communists for whom Warsaw s wishes but Echo the edicts of Moscow. Arguing that foreign labor would increase unemployment the unions and especially the National Union of mineworkers have opposed the introduction of poles. They have done this despite the fact that Britain is critically Short of skilled and unskilled labor. It has taken the present fuel crisis to get the unions to assent to foreign labor being called in to Aid. It is to the credit of the government that the polish resettlement Bill was introduced before the unions had announced their decision. Bill will go through of course the Bill is not yet Law. It has yet to be debated upon and read a third time in the commons after the present committee stage is completed. This Bill has the support of the government and most of the socialist party however As Well As of the conservative opposition. It is fairly certain to go through and the communists although they do not like it can do Little As they have Only two . S. So we in Britain see our polish friends who for months have been rotting with boredom in Camps All Over the country faced with a Choice which for Many must mean much mental anguish. Their Choice they can be voluntarily repatriated to live under Moscow s Rule in fear of the . And the local communist Bosses their service with the allies regarded As grounds for suspicion and their religion covertly persecuted. Or they can stay out of Poland making new Homes in Britain or abroad. If they choose thus relatives in Poland May suffer reprisals. And further they will be cutting them selves off from Poland and tacitly admitting the final disappearance of the Hope that one Day soon they can return to their families and friends free from the spectre of fear and tyranny. It is to the shame of englishmen that these men should be in a Posi Tion where such a Choice is necessary. But already of the 152,000 under our care 65,000 have opted for the re settlement corps and 19,600 for Emi Gration or repatriation. Another 15,400 had not decided up to a re cent Date and 26,000 had not been approached. In the end i think few will have returned to Poland. But the rest no matter How much foreign culture they absorb will always be poles awaiting the Day they know will come eventually when Poland will again be free and our lady of Czestochowa will be publicly acclaimed again As her Queen. Cause of Matt Talbot sent to Rome Dublin March 5.the beatification cause of Matt Talbot the Dublin Lay Man who died in 1925, has been completed in the Dublin diocese and has now gone to Rome. Mgr. Denis Mac daid Rector of the Irish College in Rome has been named Post Lator of his cause. Matt Talbot s life after he had been converted from drunkenness has been the inspiration of Many Catholic Temperance and abstinence groups in Ireland and the . Rome March 7.seven Canonica tons and three beatification Are scheduled to take place Here this year. Also the sacred congregation of rites has authorised the opening of the beatification causes of Don Louis Orione founder of the Institute for aiding schools and hospitals and Mercedes Molina of Rio Bamba Ecuador. According to your plan should you die without making a will your personal wishes will have no significance in the face of strict Legal procedure. In these cases the Law follows rigid formulas which cannot be altered and the division of your estate under these formulas May be at variance with your desires. Make secure the plan you have for the future of your estate by making a will and appointing elder s trustee company As your executor. You May then be assured that the beneficiaries of your will receive your planned consideration. 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