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Human Rights After Hitler


Secret files reveal Allied forces 
knew about Holocaust for years

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Secret UN war crime files from the Second World War have confirmed what has long been suspected, that the allied forces knew about the Holocaust, years before the concentration camps were discovered.

Until now, it was widely believed that Britain only learned of the true extent of the Holocaust after the Allied forces captured and liberated the camps in 1945.

But the files of the UN War Crime Commission show that the US, UK and Soviet governments knew that millions of Jews had been killed or were in danger of being killed and that they were preparing war crime charges against the Nazis as early as 1942.

On Friday, London's Weiner Library will open the files to the public for the first time.


Book flips conventional wisdom on Hitler

CBS

UNITED NATIONS -- A new book that examines previously restricted files from the U.N. War Crimes Commission cites documents showing that Adolf Hitler had been indicted as a war criminal for actions by the Nazis during World War II before his death - contrary to longstanding assumptions. 

The book, “Human Rights After Hitler” by British academic Dan Plesch, says Hitler was put on the commission’s first list of war criminals in December 1944, but only after extensive debate and formal charges brought by Czechoslovakia, which had been occupied by the Nazis. 

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UN had secret crime sheet on Hitler

The Times

A criminal indictment of Adolf Hitler drawn up during secret meetings in wartime London will be made public for the first time this week.

The charge sheet was filed on December 15, 1944, by the United Nations War Crimes Commission, which was convened by the Allies to gather evidence against the Nazis.

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Opening of Secret UN Archive Yields New Holocaust Revelations

Concentration Camp Liberation
As Allied troops move across Europe, they encounter the horror of thousands of prisoners in Nazi camps.

The History Channel

Later this week, visitors to London’s Wiener Library will be able to access the complete archive of the UN War Crimes Commission, an invaluable cache of tens of thousands of historic documents that have been largely inaccessible to researchers for more than 70 years. Among the revelations contained in the archive are the indictment of Adolf Hitler for Nazi killings in Czechoslovakia in 1944, and the fact that Allied governments learned the Nazis were slaughtering Jews more than two years before Soviet troops reached the first death camp in Poland.

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Sealed Files of the United Nations War Crimes Commission Will Finally See Light of Day

The massive archive has already revealed that war crimes charges against Hitler were drawn up as early as 1944

Smithsonian.com

Since the late 1940s, the files of the United Nations War Crimes Commission which includes evidence of Nazi crimes during World War II were sealed. Researchers wishing to read some of the files needed permission from their national government or the Secretary General of the U.N. and were not allowed to make copies or even take notes while reading the documents. But this Friday, those tens of thousands of pages of documents, about 900 gigabytes worth of data, will be made public, reports Owen Bowcott at The Guardian.

While the vast trove of material promises to keep historians busy for years, there are some intriguing revelations already coming out of the documents, such as proof that the Allies were aware of the scale of the Holocaust as early as 1942. It was commonly thought that though the Allies understood that Jews were being persecuted under the Nazi regime and heard rumors about the camps, most officials and military leaders did not understand the scale of the genocide until the camps were liberated in the summer of 1945.

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Secret UN files reveal Allied leaders knew about Nazi death camps ‘long before D-Day’

National Post

Kept secret for nearly 70 years, a trove of United Nations war crimes files made public this week contains early evidence of Nazi death camps that was smuggled out of Eastern Europe into Allied hands.

“It was unknown that the Allies prepared prosecutions of Adolf Hitler and the rest of the Nazis for the death camps in Europe while the Nazis were still in power and while they were still running occupied Europe,” says British historian Dan Plesch, whose new book Human Rights After Hitler delves into the files of the United Nations War Crimes Commission (UNWCC).

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Secret UN war crimes files reveal Allied forces knew of the Holocaust TWO YEARS before the Nazi death camps were discovered during WWII

Daily Mail

Allied forces knew about the Holocaust two years before Nazi death camps were discovered during the Second World War, according to a secret archive.

The documents reveal that the US, UK and Soviet governments were preparing charges as early as December 1942 after learning that millions of Jewish people had been killed with many more at risk.

The files of the United Nations War Crime Commission - which date back to 1943 - are being released to the public for the first time ever at the Wiener Library in London.

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Secret UN war crimes files reveal Allied forces knew of the Holocaust TWO YEARS before the Nazi death camps were discovered during WWII

  • US, UK and Soviet governments were preparing charges against Nazis in 1942

  • Previously thought that Britain only learned the full extent of the Holocaust when concentration camps were liberated in 1945

  • But testimonies from prisoners were smuggled to Allied forces years before then

  • Britain said to have done little to provide sanctuary to millions of Jews in danger

  • Files of UN War Crime Commission are being released to the public for first time

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Allied forces knew about the Holocaust two years before Nazi death camps were discovered during the Second World War, according to a secret archive.

The documents reveal that the US, UK and Soviet governments were preparing charges as early as December 1942 after learning that millions of Jewish people had been killed with many more at risk.

The files of the United Nations War Crime Commission - which date back to 1943 - are being released to the public for the first time ever at the Wiener Library in London.

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Vast archive of Holocaust evidence made public for first time since 1940s

The enormous trove of United Nations’ War Crimes Commission documents are being opened at the Weiner Library this week

Jewish News Online

An archive of Holocaust evidence long closed to public view has been made available in London for the first time since the 1940s, when it was used by the United Nations’ War Crimes Commission.

The vast UNWCC trove of documents, most of which were smuggled out of Eastern Europe during the early 1940s and later used to convict leading Nazis, are being opened at the Wiener Library this week.

Until now, only researchers with special permission from their governments and the UN were able to view them, and even then they were not allowed to take copies.

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'Allied leaders already knew extent of Holocaust by 1942'

New book by Prof. Dan Plesch reveals that Allies knew of Nazi atrocities and danger to European Jewry as early as 1942.

Arutz Sheva

A new book has revealed documents demonstrating that already in 1942, the Allies knew of the systematic murder of two million Jews and not two years later as was previously thought. Despite this knowledge, however, Allied leaders did nothing to prevent the further mass murder of Jews.

The new book was written by Dan Plesch, a professor at the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy at SOAS University of London who succeeded in obtaining hitherto unpublished documents of the United Nations' War Crimes Commission (UNWCC) shedding light on the prosecution of Axis war crimes.

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