Britain freed hundreds of suspected Nazi war criminals involved in the Holocaust under pressure from the United States, a leading historian has claimed.
Dr. Dan Plesch uncovered United Nations War Crimes Commission documents which prove the Nazis were freed from British prisons under pressure from the US.
Among the suspected war criminals released was Oskar Groening – dubbed the ‘Bookkeeper of Auschwitz’ – who was handed a four-year prison sentence for his role in the Holocaust earlier this month.
Other prominent Nazis freed by the UK were Erich von Manstein, Gerd von Rundstedt and Albert Kesselring.
Plesch said Britain freed the Nazis under pressure from the US, which wanted Germany as an ally in the Cold War against the Soviet Union.
The director of the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy at SOAS, part of the University of London, added that Germany also applied pressure to release suspected war criminals.
Oskar Groening, theformer guard at Auschwitz jailed earlier this month by a German court, was found guilty of being an accessory to the murder of at least 300,000 Jews at the infamous death camp.
Plesch said governments should learn from this incident and investigate charges of war crimes levied against countries such as Israel and Syria.
Israel faced accusations of war crimes on Tuesday when Amnesty International published a report stating there is “strong evidence” that at least 135 civilians were killed in a bombardment of Rafah during last year’s Gaza War.
The United Nations implicated Syrian leader Bashar Assad in war crimes earlier this year, claiming he is responsible for “vicious” abuses including torture, mass killing and rape.