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.
Chaired by two distinguished British judges with representatives from 16 other nations, the commission sifted through evidence gatd by the Polish and French resistance and drew up a series of indictments as Luftwaffe bombs fell on London.
The front page of the indictment of the German leader for “Murder and massacres – systematic terrorism” is published today in Dr Plesch’s book Human Rights After Hitler: The Lost History of Prosecuting Axis War Crimes.
Prosecuting citizens of a foreign nation for war crimes was controversial at the time, as was the idea of bringing to justice the leader of a foreign nation.
The indictment of Hitler, which also listed Rudolf Hess and other members of his government, was produced “As Nazi bombs were falling on London. This was justice under Nazi bombardment.”