In the late 1980s, investigators began knocking on doors in Australian suburbs in order to interview alleged perpetrators of war crimes from the Second World War. The investigators had opened 843 individual files. This paper contextualises the belated investigation, with a particular emphasis on the alleged perpetrators and the ethnic communities that defended them.
Dr Jayne Persian is a Senior Lecturer in history at the University of Southern Queensland. Author of Beautiful Balts: From Displaced Persons to New Australians (Sydney: NewSouth Publishing, 2017), which was shortlisted for the Australian Historical Association's W. K. Hancock Prize and the Prime Minister's Literary Awards Prize for Australian History in 2018