“The Paris police today arrested a number of per-sons after discovering six home-made aerial bombs with which, it is suggested, the Stern Gang intended to bomb London in reprisal for the transport of Jewish migrants to Hamburg.
Rabbi Baruch Korff, chairman of the American Political Action Committee for a Free Palestine, was also arrested near Paris today, together with two others, when about to board an aircraft carrying a suitcase full of pamphlets. Police say that Korff and his companions had chartered the aircraft, presumably in order to make a leaflet raid on London.
Quotes an eyewitness at the airport as saying that the three Jews were about to board a chartered aircraft when a plainclothes policeman fired a pistol and several armed detectives, disguised as mechanics, arrested the Jews. Eire Activities Korff yesterday told the Paris correspondent of the British United Press that, the Stern Gang had newly formed in Eire and he presumed that it was responsible for the bomb sent in a parcel from Eire which injured two sorters last Wednesday in a post office at Westminster. Korff threatened Britain with more attacks of this kind if the Jews were landed at Hamburg. Disembarkation from the three migrant ships, Runnymede Park, Ocean Vigour and Empire Rival, which arrived off Hamburg from Cuxhaven today, has been delayed by fog and will not begin until tomorrow. The Ocean Vigour drew alongside the Hamburg quay this afternoon in the presence of a handful of people. Mr. H. V. Berry, Hamburg regional commissioner, said that if the emigrants did not leave the ships voluntarily, he would order the army to disembark them. Lt-Col. Gregson, commanding escorting troops on the three ships, went ashore immediately the ships anchored off Cuxhaven.
He reported to the authorities at Hamburg that the Jews were willing to land quietly if they did not “lose face” through dockside publicity. British security officers boarded the ships off Cuxhaven and sorted out inciters and possible’ terrorists. The press will be barred from the dock until two hours after the landing. About 180 newspapermen and photographers have protested against the ban. Traffic In Children A Foreign Office spokesman said yesterday that “strikingly inhuman organisations” were conducting illegal traffic in Jewish children between Europe and Palestine.
The spokesman added, “The main organisation, known as Hashomer Hatzair, deports children from Hungary to Germany where they wait, sometimes for a year, before being put aboard a ship bound for Palestine. “The traffic was discovered when 13 parents appealed to the British Political Representative at Budapest to secure the repatriation of 13 children whom they believed Jewish organisations had shipped to Palestine aboard the illegal immigrant ship President Warfield. Hashomer Hatzair has an address in Budapest and the parents’ evidence showed that a systematic breaking-up of families has been carried out for two years. A spokesman for Hashomer Hatzair. which is a Left Wing Social-ist group within the Zionist organi sation. denied the allegations.”
Remember how Germans were blamed for Kindertransport and break-up of Jewish Families?
Here is an item from Adelaide’s Advertiser of Monday, 8 September 1947: