About the Singapore War Crimes Trials Web Portal

The Second World War irrevocably changed the course of history and the lives of survivors. Even so, many of Singapore’s Second World War stories remain untold. This web portal on the Singapore War Crimes Trials (the Singapore Trials) aims to contribute to a broader and deeper appreciation of Singapore's Second World War history. There has been much public interest in Singapore about the battles and victories of the Second World War, but less is known about post-war justice efforts. The Singapore Trials, their achievements as well as their failures, are an important piece of Singapore’s Second World War story.

The Singapore Trials hold insightful legal and historical lessons. However, the creators of this web portal have refrained from including evaluations in this portal. We hope that users will arrive at their own assessments through further study and discussion.

The Singapore War Crimes Trials Web Portal (the SGWCT Web Portal) aims to provide the public with one-stop access to the Singapore Trials by featuring comprehensive case summaries of these war crimes trials. It also provides clear links to relevant archival materials hosted by other websites. In designing this Portal, we have tried to use a variety of visual aids and include interactive features. The SGWCT Web Portal aims to achieve dual objectives. First, the Portal aims to inspire interest in the general public by promoting the public’s appreciation of a crucial but under-explored aspect of Singapore’s legal heritage. Second, the Portal aims to be a jumping off point for those seeking to learn more about the Singapore War Crimes Trials.

Goodwood Park Hotel as Singapore War Crimes Trials court, 1946. Image courtesy of Goodwood Park Hotel.