The “Statement on Atrocities” of the Moscow Tripartite Conference

Otto Kircheimer

Edited by John Herz

in Secret Reports on Nazi Germany

Published by Princeton University Press

Published in print July 2013 | ISBN: 9780691134130
Published online October 2017 | e-ISBN: 9781400846467
The “Statement on Atrocities” of the Moscow Tripartite Conference

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This chapter focuses on the “Statement on Atrocities,” which contains a joint declaration concerning war crimes and war criminals. Issued by the Tripartite Conference over the signatures of U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and Soviet Premier Josef Stalin, the report details that the declaration constitutes the first common announcement of intentions on the part of all three major powers. The chapter considers parallel statements issued on October 25, 1941, by Roosevelt and Churchill, which drew the attention of the world to the shooting of hostages during World War II and announced that retribution would be exacted from the guilty. It also addresses the question of the effect of the Moscow Declaration on Germany and the use which can be made of it in psychological warfare operations.

Keywords: war crimes; Statement on Atrocities; war criminals; Tripartite Conference; Franklin D. Roosevelt; Winston Churchill; Josef Stalin; World War II; Germany; psychological warfare

Chapter.  2327 words. 

Subjects: Military History

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