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Vol 23 No 4 April/May 2018

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The 'Minor' War Crimes Trials: A Socio-Legal Investigation of Victims' Justice

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ISBN13: 9780415598262
To be Published: December 2018
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £105.00



The Minor War Crimes Trials: A Socio-Legal History reconstructs the legal and military history of the 'minor' war crimes trials held in Occupied Germany and elsewhere from 1945-8. Although the International Military Tribunal held at Nuremberg, from the end of 1945, is extremely well known, there were in fact hundreds of trials of 'minor' so-called war criminals so called in Occupied Germany, liberated Europe and the Far East. But little is known about these trials: even their number remains uncertain, and they are still shrouded in mystery. This book remedies that lack: addressing why those trials began; their legal framework; the trial processes; where they failed; who investigated them; the role of the military; and why they stopped. Challenging orthodox accounts that there was no Holocaust-awareness in Allied prosecutions, the book reveals the extent to which these 'minor' trials involved a substantial contribution by Holocaust victims. Jewish and other witnesses confronted their abusers; and were an integral part of successful prosecutions. Detailing the extent and value of their contribution, this study of the minor war crimes trials thus serves as a counterweight to the now orthodox and widespread perception of Holocaust survivors as helpless, feeble and emaciated Jews.

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Subjects:
International Criminal Law
Contents:
Chapter 1: Law's history and victim's justice
a neglected conjunction
Chapter 2: Setting contexts: the historical, political and administrative framework for British 'minor' war crimes trials
Chapter 3: Living justice: British soldiers investigating war crimes
Chapter 4
Justice observed: legal and other readings of the Belsen(-Auschwitz) Trial 1946
Chapter 5: Living a different story: 2 SAS investigating war crimes in Occupied German
Chapter 6: Distorting justice?: intelligence agencies' involvement in the Natzweitler Trial, 1946
Chapter 7: Experiencing law: war crimes investigations as human narrative
Chapter 8: Doctrinal law versus victims' justice: narratives of legal insecurity and Nazi law
Chapter 9: Socio-legal perspectives: theory's ahistorical fascination with Nazi 'jurisprudence' and 'legal' responses to German/Axis war crimes.