DACHAU CONCENTRATION CAMP WAR CRIMES TRIALS TYPED LTR SIGNED, "Dr. Jiri Benes", 8.25 x 11.5, on "Consulate General of Czechoslovak Republic in Munich" letterhead, 26 November 1948, Subject: List of War Criminals, to Judge Advocate Division, EUCOM, Heidelberg, Germany, US-Army, In Part: "...the article 'War-Crimes Sentences of 317 Cut By Army' which was printed in the Tuesday, October 5th 1948 edition of the 'New York Herald Tribune'...I was assigned by the Czechoslovak Government as official observer to the War-Crimes trials at the Military Government Court at Dachau...send me a copy of the fifty-six page list on War Criminals compiled by your office...." Age toning, punch holes at top, small piece missing upper left, a couple of small fold splits, otherwise in fine condition.
Dachau was the first Nazi concentration camp and was the model on which all other concentration camps were built. After World War 2 it served as an internment camp for suspected war criminals awaiting trial or release. A series of military trials of concentration camp guard, medical personnel, members of S.S. units, and various German civilians indicted for war crimes, were conducted by the United States Army between November 1945-and December 1947 at the site of the former concentration camp at Dachau. The camp was chosen because it was on of subjects of the Army's prosecution and because its facilities were adequate to accommodate the trial participants.