740.00116 European War 1939/1453
The American Representative on the United Nations War Grimes Commission (Pell) to the Secretary of State
[Received May 31.]
Sir: I have the honor to enclose a series of recommendations to the various governments adopted by the War Crimes Commission May 16, 1944.
It was the opinion of the Commission that a very large proportion of the offenses committed by the Axis Powers would not be discovered until after the liberation of the occupied countries.
It seemed reasonably obvious that a very large number of the accused would get away to Germany with the retreating forces. This would be especially true of government officials. It is believed that among those whose offenses will be discovered, or against whom suitable cases can be built, will be members of the S.S., Gestapo, etc. For this reason it was believed by the Commission that it would be a [Page 1320]good idea to have a round up of such people, so that they would be available if needed. I know that this is a common proceeding in the ordinary police administration.
The Commission, therefore, makes the enclosed recommendations to the various governments, trusting that they will be accepted.