I’m happy to let you know that the Library currently has trial access to the brand new digital primary source collection, Prosecuting the Holocaust: British investigations into Nazi war crimes, 1944-1949, from British Online Archives. Drawn from the UK National Archives, this collection contains a wealth of information regarding the British government’s efforts to investigate and prosecute Nazi crimes.
You can access Prosecuting the Holocaust via the E-resources trials page.
Access is available both on and off-campus.
Trial access ends 30th April 2019.
The evidence gathered by the British government during the period 1944-1949 sheds light on almost every aspect of the Holocaust, from the concentration camp system to the mass murder of the “incurably sick” in psychiatric hospitals. More importantly, it gives a voice to the victims of these atrocities, many of whom testified about their experiences immediately after the war.
The files include materials from the WO 309 (War Office: Judge Advocate General’s Office; British Army of the Rhine War Crimes Group), WO 311 (War Office: Judge Advocate General’s Office; Military Deputy’s Department), and WO 235 (War Office: Judge Advocate General’s Office; War Crimes Case Files) series.
The documents in this collection come in 4 volumes:
- Records relating to Auschwitz-Birkenau, 1945-1947
- International Scientific Commission for Investigation of Medical War Crimes, 1946-1948
- Ill-treatment of civilians and forced labourers, 1944-1949
- Hanover Gestapo case No 1. Proceedings, 1947
You can access all the digital primary source collections already available at the Library via the Primary Source databases list.
Access is only available to current students and staff at University of Edinburgh.
Caroline Stirling – Academic Support Librarian for History, Classics and Archaeology