By Norbert Ehrenfreund
Sixty years have handed because the Nuremberg trials of the most important Nazi warfare criminals, yet that occasion nonetheless stands because the origin of foreign justice. Nuremberg not just ignited a revolution in foreign legislations yet affected family legislation in addition with its easy yet profound priniciple that each person accused of crime is entitled to an entire and reasonable hearing.This ebook finds how the precedents set at Nuremberg have affected human rights, race relatives, scientific perform, mammoth enterprise or even Germany's post-war improvement. It additionally examines the Nuremberg trials' effect at the glossy struggle crimes trials of tyrants like Slobodan Milosevic and Saddam Hussein.
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There was a story going around that the Russians objected to allowing the defendants to sit in the same witness chair used by the prosecution witnesses. Somehow the dispute was resolved. I studied the faces of the men on trial. Hermann Goering, Hitler’s heir-apparent, sat a few feet away in the defendants’ dock. He looked about the courtroom as if to see who was present. Our eyes met. He glared at me for a moment. I was much younger than the others in the press gallery. I could almost tell what he was thinking.
He put investigators to work scouring the continent for evidence. As the date for the trial drew closer, Jackson worried there would not be enough time to uncover the evidence. But the search began turning up amazing results. At the London Conference in July Jackson said he was encouraged by the results of the investigation; they were exceeding his expectations. He told the Allies: “I did not think men would ever be so foolish as to put in writing some of the things the Germans did. ”13 The prosecution opened its case with Jackson’s presentation of evidence.
Charged with aggressively planning and launching the bloodiest of all wars, the murder of millions of Jews and millions of other “undesirables,” the men in the dock looked so ordinary. They were not supermen; they did not look like monsters. I was naïve to expect anything else. They looked like the rest of us. With one of the defendants in the box I had a strange bond, unknown to me at the time. During the time of Nazi domination the most outspoken anti-Semite was a vulgar man named Julius Streicher.