09/08/2016 Conference, Exhibition

Call for Papers "The Curiohaus Trials in Hamburg: Nazi War Crimes Tried in British Military Courts"

From January 19 until February 8, 2017 and on the occasion of the Day of Remembrance for the Victims of National Socialism, the Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial will present the exhibition entitled "The Curiohaus Trials in Hamburg: Nazi War Crimes Tried in British Military Courts" in the Hamburg City Hall. We are currently looking for speakers to contribute to a conference which is to mark the end of the exhibition.

In order to punish the crimes committed under the Nazi regime, the Royal Warrant Courts were established. These were a new branch of the British Military Courts with the special regulation regarding the consideration of evidence, which was to facilitate the termination of proceedings and enable the court to impose severe sentences quickly. The exhibition shows the examples of criminal procedures for the following categories of crimes: crimes committed in concentration camps, crimes committed by the Gestapo, crimes against prisoners of war, crimes against non-German forced workers, crimes committed by the Wehrmacht at sea as well as against civilians and crimes committed during the final stage of the war by fanatic Nazi supporters in light of the defeat.

The conference "British Military Justice and Nazi Crimes 1945-1949. Recent Research and Discussions" will be taking place on February 10-11, 2017 at the Center for Historical Studies, Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial. Individual lectures delivered at the conference will be published in the journal "Beiträge zur Geschichte der nationalsozialistischen Verfolgung in Norddeutschland" No. 19 which is to come out in 2018. The academics who would like to deliver a lecture on one of the aforementioned topics are invited to take part in the conference.

The lectures should be short, to the point and lead to a discussion. Everyone interested in taking part in the conference should send an abstract of their lecture (maximum 600 words) as well as a short biography to the following e-mail address: studienzentrum@kb.hamburg.de. The deadline is October 17, 2016.

Accepted speakers will be notified until November 7, 2016. The speakers' travel and accommodation expenses will be covered.

The lectures should involve the following aspects:

  • in-depth analyses of individual criminal procedures,
  • comparison between criminal procedures dealing with the same category of crimes,
  • the role and significance of former prisoners as witnesses during the British criminal procedures,
  • research on the prosecution system of the British army given the sociographic factors and history of the organization,
  • the same as above with the focus on the Military Justice (Judge Advocate General, War Crimes Section of the Legal Branch in Bad Oeynhausen),
  • comparison between the British prosecution process and that of the other Allied countries (Netherlands, Belgium, France, Scandinavian countries and Soviet Union),
  • British legal and political consideration regarding the establishment of two branches within the judicial system to punish Nazi crimes - the Military Government Courts and the Royal Warrant Courts,
  • in-depth analyses of particularly significant British criminal procedures,
  • legal and political withdrawal of Great Britain from the criminal procedures (the Werl Prison's wing housing generals, the Mixed Consultative Board, the cases of early release),
  • position of the German government (Zentrale Rechtsschutzstelle (Central Office for Legal Protection),  Kriegsgefangenenentschädigungsgesetz (Prisoner of War Compensation Law)) and
  • national and international reception of the trials and their consequences.

Everyone interested in participating in the conference can already apply at the Center for Historical Studies, Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial (E-mail: studienzentrum@kb.hamburg.de)