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Exploring the UN War Crimes Commission Archive


The Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy (CISD), SOAS University of London and The Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust & Genocide are pleased to invite applications for a half-day research workshop, Exploring the UN War Crimes Commission (UNWCC) archive at the Wiener Library.

This half-day workshop to be held on 11 October is designed to introduce scholars, students and researchers to the UN War Crimes Commission digital archive, recently acquired and made accessible by the Library. This massive 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.  
For more information about the archive and to access the online catalogue record, visit and   
The Workshop
The workshop will include an in-depth introduction to the archive by Leah Owen, a presentation of a case study by Stephen Tyas, hands-on demonstration of navigating the archive with experienced researchers, and time to begin independent research in the collection. The workshop will be followed by a public evening lecture provided by CISD Director Dr Dan Plesch, who led the campaign to open the UNWCC archive for public access, and who has authored Human Rights After Hitler: The Lost History of Prosecuting Axis War Crimes.
To Apply
The Wiener Library and The Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy welcome applications from post-graduates (MA and PhD candidates), postdoctoral researchers, and senior scholars from all relevant academic disciplines.
Applications must be submitted in English and should include:
1. A letter of interest outlining the applicant’s research project;  2. A current curriculum vitae addressing the applicant’s qualifications, including previous coursework, projects, teaching, and publications.
Please submit all application materials via e-mail to  
Dr. Christine Schmidt Deputy Director and Head of Research The Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust & Genocide 29 Russell Square London WC1B 5DP cschmidt[at] wienerlibrary [dott] co [dott] uk
 Applications and supporting materials must be received by 15 July 2017. Selected participants will be notified by mid-August.  
Travel to and from the workshop and accommodation will not be reimbursed. Lunch will be provided before the workshop begins.