The Wiener Library

For the Study of the Holocaust & Genocide

War Crime Trials

The Wiener Library's holdings on war crime trials largely pertain to those crimes committed by the Nazis and their allies during the Second World War. The material which the Library possesses can be loosely divided into:

  • Major War Crime Trials including the International Military Tribunals that took place at Nuremberg and Tokyo and later trials such as Frankfurt-Auschwitz, 1965, and Adolf Eichmann, Jerusalem, 1962
  • Minor trials which took place under the military jurisdiction of the four occupying powers up to circa 1949
  • Post-war trials, predominantly, though not exclusively, those that took place in BRD and DDR.
  • The United Nations War Crimes Commission Archive.

In addition there is a small but growing section on war crime trials relating to other genocides.

In The Wiener Library's Collections

Published and unpublished material relating to war crime trials can be found on our catalogue by searching for ‘War crime trials'.

You might also be interested in searching for the following subjects:

  • War crimes
  • War criminals
  • Specific trials by name e.g. Eichmann Trial

In the Wolfson Reading Room

Any material located in your catalogue search can be consulted in the Wolfson Reading Room.  In addition, you may wish to:

  • Browse books on open access in the section F6e(10) and F6e(11) for War Crime Trials.
  • Consult our Press Cuttings - ask the Librarian at the Enquiry Desk and see WL Doc 1650 for an index to articles in the Press Cuttings on Nazis suspects, accused and/or convicted of war crimes.

United Nations War Crimes Commission Archive

This large archive contains a wide variety of documentation relating to the handling of war crimes by the Allied powers between 1943 and 1949, including: lists of alleged war criminals, files of charges brought against them, minutes of meetings, reports, correspondence, trial transcripts and other related materials. Further information about the full contents of the archive can be found in our Online Catalogue.

Users are able to browse a digital copy of the archive in its entirety via a computer terminal in The Wiener Library’s Reading Room. Please contact us to make an appointment if you like to view the files and to find out more about the conditions for access and copies.

Any further questions? Ask a Librarian

If you have further questions please do not hesitate to contact us in the Wolfson Reading Room, by calling 020 7636 7247, or send us a message via the contact form.