740.00116 PW/8–1645: Telegram

The Ambassador in the United Kingdom ( Winant ) to the Secretary of State

8298. From Hodgson. Special Committee of War Crimes Commission composed of representatives of Australia, Canada, China, France, India, Netherlands, New Zealand, UK and US considering recommendations, concerning investigation, apprehension and trial of all classes of Jap war criminals, on draft basis of discussion prepared by myself which contains principles similar to those set forth [Page 910] in Moscow declaration2 and Jackson report to President for European War criminals,3 the agreement recently negotiated by Justice Jackson4 and Commission documents C.46, 52 (1), 59, 86, 105 (1) and 122. Copies are being forwarded.5 Committee’s next meeting on Aug 21. [Hodgson.]

  1. October 30, issued November 1, Foreign Relations, 1943, vol. i, p. 755.
  2. Report by Associate Justice Robert H. Jackson of the U.S. Supreme Court as U.S. Chief Counsel for the prosecution of Axis war criminals; see White House press release of June 7, Department of State Bulletin, June 10, 1945, p. 1071.
  3. Agreement between the United States, France, the United Kingdom, and the Soviet Union respecting the prosecution and punishment of the major war criminals of the European Axis, signed at London August 8, 1945; for text, see Department of State Executive Agreement Series No. 472, or 59 Stat. (pt. 2) 1544, or United Nations Treaty Series No. 279.
  4. Not printed.