United Nations War Crimes Commission records
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The United Nations War Crimes Commission was established at a meeting held at the Foreign Office in London on October 20, 1943. The Commission, operating from a secretariat in London, consisted of government representatives appointed by the 17 member countries: Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, France, Greece, India, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, the United Kingdom, the United States and Yugoslavia. The first official meeting took place on January 11, 1944, and the Commission continued its activities until the end of March 1948, and was dissolved in May of that year. In addition to the main commission, a separate Far Eastern sub-commission was established at the suggestion of the Chinese ambassador.This sub-commission was initially based in Chongqing, and later, Nanjing, operating from November 1944 until March 1947. The primary activities of the Commission were to identify and prepare lists of alleged war criminals, and to help establish the legal machinery used by the member countries to apprehend, bring to trial and prosecute war criminals.
The collection was initially copied onto microfilm, and subsequently digitized, through a cooperative agreement with the United Nations Archives and Records Management Section (UN-ARMS) in 2014. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Archives received the collection from UN-ARMS via the United States Holocaust Museum International Archives Project in May 2014.
The records are arranged in six series: 1. Charge Files (PAG-3/2.0); 2. Periodical and Other Lists of War Criminals, Suspects and Material Witnesses (PAG-3/1.2), including Central Registry of War Criminals and Security Suspects, or CROWCASS (PAG-3/2.1); 3. Administrative files, including meeting minutes, documents, reports and related materials (PAG-3/1.0 - PAG3/1.1); 4. Tribunal materials, including Reports of National Military Tribunals (PAG-3/2.2) and Transcripts and Proceedings of the International Military Tribunal for the Far East (PAG-3/2. 5. Reference Material Submitted by Outside Sources (PAG-3/3.0); 6. Indexes, consisting of card indexes of individual defendants, cross referenced with earlier. Indexes and lists of persons arranged alphabetically and categorized by countries; correspondence with National Offices regarding cases arranged in alphabetical order; Registers of Charge Files arranged chronologically. The records are arranged in the order in which they are maintained at the UN-ARMS, and in which order they were initially microfilmed by that organization.
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