[London]; [Soviet Embassy], 1943. Item #35507
Original Wraps. 12mo. 15 pages. 19 cm. First edition. “A Soviet war news pamphlet”. Price 2d. “CPS 25277” on rear wrap. Contains Decree of the Supreme Soviet for establishing the Extraordinary State Commission to investigate Nazi Atrocities; and April 6, 1943 'Statement by the Extraordinary Commission for the Ascertainment and Investigation of Crimes of the German-Fascist Invaders and their Associates, on Outrages against Citizens and Damage to Collective Farms, Public Organisations, State Enterprises and Institutions of the U. S. S. R. In the towns of Vyazma, Gzhatsk and Sychevka, Smolensk region, and in the town of Rzhev, Kalinin region. ' The Statement contains numerous firsthand source material on atrocities and murders in these regions, abduction for slave labor in Germany, wholesale destruction of towns, museums, etc. Mass shootings; contains a list of German officers responsible for these crimes. The Extraordinary State Commission was established on 2 November 1942, by a decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet, for officially 'investigating the Crimes of the German–Fascist Aggressors' and their allies, and was the major official body for recording and documenting Nazi war crimes and pillage. The Reports of the Commission comprised major evidential material presented at the Nuremberg trials and the Japanese war criminals' trials. The reports appeared in English in the daily publication Soviet War News issued by the Press Department of the Soviet Embassy in London. Subjects: Atrocities - Soviet Union - History - 20th century. World War, 1939-1945 - Soviet Union. Atrocities. German Occupation of Soviet Union (1941-1944) World War (1939-1945) Soviet Union - History - German occupation, 1941-1944. OCLC lists 4 copies (Florida, Oxford, Northwestern, Swansea) , none in the Northeast. Light wear to wraps, otherwise clean and fresh. Very good condition. Scarce and Important. (HOLO2-123-51).