Practice Relating to Rule 51. Public and Private Property in Occupied Territory
In the Greiser case
before Poland’s Supreme National Tribunal in 1946, the accused, a governor and gauleiter
of the Nazi party for provinces incorporated in the German Reich, was charged with war crimes for having incited, assisted in the commission of, and committed, inter alia
, acts of illegal seizure of public property in violation of Article 55 of the 1907 Hague Regulations. Notably, the accused was indicted for having taken part in “extortion and appropriation … of all public property in the territories in question”.