London (Jan. 10)
One of the reasons behind Sir Cecil Huret’s resignation as Chairman of the United Nations War Crimes Commission, which has been officially attributed to ill health, is the failure of the British Government to support the commission’s request that its scope be extended to include crimes committed by the enemy against its own nationals, particularly German and Hungarian Jews, the London press says today.
The papers reveal that Sir Cecil, whose resignation was made public a few days ago, sent a letter to Foreign Secretary Anthony Edan in which he voiced the request of 14 delegates that the crimes against enemy nationals be listed as war crimes, and pointed out that the commission’s work could be extended to cope with such crimes. This letter was never answered.
(Herbert C. Pell, American delegate on the War Crimes Commission, arrived in Washington this week, and it has been rumored that he will replace Lord Hurst as chairman. There has been no official confirmation of this report.)