Prosecuting the Holocaust: British investigations into Nazi war crimes, 1944-1949
During the Second World War, the Nazi state was responsible for the systematic enslavement and extermination of millions of Jews. Other groups, such as Russian prisoners of war, Slavs, Roma and Sinti, homosexuals, disabled people, and political opponents of the regime were also targeted. After Germany’s surrender, Allied forces established a series of military tribunals, known as the Nuremberg Trials, to bring the architects and perpetrators of these crimes to justice. British Online Archives’ latest collection, Prosecuting the Holocaust: British investigations into Nazi war crimes, 1944-1949, provides an invaluable insight into this dark chapter of European history. Drawn from the UK National Archives, the files contain a wealth of material regarding the British government’s extensive efforts to investigate and prosecute Nazi crimes. The evidence gathered sheds light on almost every aspect of the Holocaust, from the concentration camp system to the mass murder of the “incurably sick” in psychiatric hospitals. More importantly, it gives a voice to the victims of these atrocities, many of whom testified about their experiences immediately after the war. Prosecuting the Holocaust is therefore an important resource for students and scholars interested in 20th century history, genocide studies, and international law. --- British Online Archives is the primary source publisher. We support the research of university students and academics through the scanning and digital distribution of primary sources. You can view our latest collections here.