Hanns the war crimes investigator
A drawing of Hanns Alexander the War Crimes Investigator.
Alexander Family Archive
Towards the end of the Belsen Trials, Hanns once again approached his commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel Leo Genn, requesting leave to hunt for the as-yet uncaptured Nazi war criminals. This time his application was successful. Genn told Hanns to begin by exploring the CROWCASS files – the list of thousands of potential war criminals that had been compiled by the Allies. Genn also provided Hanns with a driver and a car from the War Crime Group’s vehicle pool, and, most importantly, invested him with the authority to go anywhere he wanted in pursuit of his investigations. Hanns was also given the power of arrest. A few hours later, Hanns left Belsen with a list of names, a pistol, a travel permit and a pair of handcuffs strapped to his belt.
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