Month: April 2017

US Book Launch: Human Rights After Hitler – April 19th 2017, Mott House

Dan Plesch will present Human Rights after Hitler at a US book launch hosted by the Centre for International Policy and Georgetown University Press on Wednesday April 19th, 6pm-8pm, at Mott House, Washington DC. This book reveals thousands of forgotten US and Allied war crimes prosecutions against Hitler and other Axis war criminals based on a popular movement for justice that stretched from Poland to the Pacific. The cases described within – described in archives that have not been opened for over half a century – provide a great foundation for twenty-first-century human rights, and provide a valuable complement to the achievements of the Nuremberg trials and postwar conventions. This history also brings long overdue credit to the United Nations War Crimes Commission (UNWCC), which operated during and after World War II. For more details, and to register, please click...

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UK Book Launch: Human Rights After Hitler – May 4th 2017, Wiener Library

The launch of Dan Plesch’s book – Human Rights After Hitler – The Lost History of Prosecuting Axis War Crimes (Georgetown University Press) – will be hosted at the Wiener Library on May 4th 2017. Human Rights After Hitler reveals the work of the United Nations War Crimes Commission – the forgotten Allied prosecutions of thousands of Axis war criminals (high and low), the indictments of Holocaust perpetrators made while the death camps were still operating (at a time that conventional wisdom says there was no official Allied response to these mass killings), and the first proposals to prosecute crimes against humanity before an international criminal court. It also details the US response to this; how growing Cold War tensions undermined and eventually prematurely halted these efforts. It expands on the material already on this website, shedding light on a vast archive of material that has languished in a sealed UN archive for nearly 70 years to weave together a largely untold story of the origins of modern-day international criminal justice. For more information, and to book tickets, click...

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