The United Kingdom War Crimes Investigation Teams after World War II

  • Robert SherwoodEmail author
Part of the The Holocaust and its Contexts book series (HOLC)


This chapter examines examples of how the Allies, especially the US and UK War Crimes Investigation Teams, took little or no notice of fundamental rules of evidence, and had little knowledge of the rules of law. This approach culminated and stretched the law far beyond its intention or ideals. The UK and US National Archives contain numerous examples of excess which would not be tolerated today. Without doubt the main perpetrators were correctly convicted, though lingering doubts remain as to the methods used to obtain confessions. There are many examples where violence, threat of violence or other unlawful methods were used. Some may say that any method used to convict some of the world’s worst criminals was justified, though there is evidence to disprove this theory. The question remains as to whether or not the ‘right’ people were prosecuted, or were certain individuals sacrificed due to political expediency.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Royal Holloway, University of LondonEghamUK

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