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Book Launch: Human Rights After Hitler

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Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide

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The Wiener Library is delighted to host the launch of Dr Dan Plesch’s latest book, Human Rights After Hitler – The Lost History of Prosecuting Axis War Crimes (Georgetown University Press, 2017).

Human Rights After Hitler 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. These cases provide a great foundation for twenty-first-century human rights and accompany the achievements of the Nuremberg trials and postwar conventions. They include indictments of perpetrators of the Holocaust made while the death camps were still operating, which confounds the conventional wisdom that there was no official Allied response to the Holocaust at the time.

This history also brings long overdue credit to the United Nations War Crimes Commission (UNWCC), which operated during and after World War II. Dan Plesch describes the commission's work and Washington's bureaucratic obstruction to a 1944 proposal to prosecute crimes against humanity before an international criminal court.

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Dan Plesch is director of the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy at SOAS, University of London. He is the author of America, Hitler and the UN, co-editor of Wartime Origins and the Future United Nations, and has been a frequent contributor to the Guardian and other media.

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