Fonds 98/28; 159.95 (D1); 159.95.023 (D1-D11) - 1 Canadian War Crimes Investigation Unit fonds

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1 Canadian War Crimes Investigation Unit fonds

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CA ON00093 98/28; 159.95 (D1); 159.95.023 (D1-D11)

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  • 1943-1954 (Creation)

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1.2 m of textual records

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No. 1 Canadian War Crimes Investigation Unit was established on 4 June 1945 under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel B.J.S. Macdonald to continue the work of the SHAEF (Supreme Headquarters, Allied Expeditionary Forces) Court. Two detachments were established: the North West Europe Detachment at Bad Salzflen, Germany and the U.K. Detachment at Canadian Army Headquarters, London, England. Canadian personnel from the SHAEF Courts were transferred to the new Canadian Unit whose mandate was to investigate all reports of war crimes affecting any member of the Canadian forces. The unit remained active until its disbandment 31 May 1946.

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Fonds consists of transcripts of Record of the Evidence, Record Proceedings, witness statement and evidence for the trial of Kurt Meyer. Also includes documents for many others trials for alleged War Crimes. In addition, there are several miscellaneous documents and there are also reports of No. 1 Canadian War Crimes Investigation Unit on miscellaneous War Crimes against members of Canadians Armed Forces. There are two series:

  1. Kurt Meyer Trial (98/28)
  2. Reports of Proceedings, Evidence and Witness Statements (159.95 (D1) and 159.95.023 (D1-D11))

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  • English

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    Copies of the finding aid are located in the first file of the fonds and in the Reading Room at the Directorate of History and Heritage. Electronic copies are also available.

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    For associated materials, please consult RG 24 C-26 at Library and Archives Canada.

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    No further accruals are expected.

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    Some documents are extremely fragile.

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    Some documents in German.

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    Originally titled Transcripts of Records of the Evidence, statements and miscellaneous documents gathered during investigations into the deaths of Canadian prisoners of war in Normandy, 1944-1945

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