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Between November 1945 and October 1946, 22 high-ranking Nazi officials defended themselves before the International Military Tribunal. Reproducing significant sections of the trial record, this volume also outlines the background to the trial, traces the preparations made by the principle actors in the courtroom, and considers how the prosecution, defense, and tribunal dealt with the counts against the accused.


Includes bibliographical references (p. 262-268) and index.

About the Author

Michael R. Marrus is professor of history at the University of Toronto, a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and a regular speaker at the U.S. Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. An internationally renowned Holocaust scholar, Marrus is the author of five books and numerous articles on European history, including the award-winning works Vichy France and the Jews (1981, 1995), written with Robert O. Paxton, and The Holocaust in History (1987). He has been a Guggenheim Fellow, a visiting professor at UCLA, and a visiting fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies of the Hebrew University and St. Antonys College, Oxford.

Table of Contents




  1. Historical Precedents

    Commission of Responsibilities, Majority Report, March 29, 1919

    United States Representatives on the Commission of Responsibilities, Memorandum of Reservations to the Majority Report April 4, 1919

    The Treaty of Versailles, 1919

    Kellogg-Briand Pact, 1928

    Henry L. Stimson, Speech before the Council on Foreign Relations, New York, Augst 8, 1932


  2. Background

    Winston S. Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Joseph Stalin, Moscow Declaration, November 1, 1943

    Winston S. Churchill, An Exchange with Roosevelt and Stalin at Teheran, November 29, 1943

    Henry Morgenthau Jr., Memorandum for President Roosevelt (The Morgantheu Plan), September 5, 1944

    Henry L. Stimson, Memorandum Opposing the Morganthau Plan, September 9, 1944

    Cordell Hull, Henry L. Stimson, and James Forrestal, Draft Memorandum for the President, November 11, 1944

    Henry L. Stimson, Edward R. Stettinius Jr., and Francis Biddle, Memorandum for the President, January 22, 1945

    American Draft of Definitive Proposal, Presented to Foreign Ministers at San Francisco, April 1945

    Memorandum of Conversation of Edward R. Stettinius Jr. and Samuel Rosenman with Vyacheslav Molotov and Anthony Eden, in San Francisco, May 3, 1945


  3. Preparations

    Robert H. Jackson, Report to the President, June 6, 1945

    Minutes of the London Conference for the Preparation of the Trial, July 23, 1945

    Sidney Alderman, On Negotiating with the Russians, 1951

    Charter of the International Military Tribunal, August 8, 1945

    International Military Tribunal, Indictment, October 6, 1945


  4. The Court

    Francis Biddle, Description of the Court

    Robert H. Jackson, Opening Address for the United States, November 21, 1945

    Hartley Shawcross, Opening Address for the United Kingdom, December 4, 1945

    Francois de Menthon, Opening Address, January 17, 1946

    Roman A. Rudenko, Opening Address, February 8, 1946

    M. Y. Raginsky, Cross-Examination of Albert Speer, June 21, 1946

    G. N. Alexandrov, Cross-Examination of Fritz Sauckel, May 31, 1946

    Francis Biddle, A Rebuke for the Soviet Prosecutors

    Hermann Goring, Testimony on the Nazi Party, March 14, 1946

    Robert H. Jackson, Cross-Examination of Hermann Goring, March 18, 1946

    Robert H. Jackson, Appeal to the Bench, March 19, 1946

    Motion Adopted by All Defense Counsel, November 19, 1945


  5. Crimes against Peace

    Sidney Alderman, Address to the Tribunal, November 23, 1945

    Hartley Shawcross, On Aggressive War and the Evolution of the Law of Nations, December 4, 1945

    Hermann Goring, Testimony Denying a Nazi Conspiracy to Wage War, March 14, 1946

    Hermann Goring, Testimony on the Hossbach Memorandum, March 14, 1946

    Alfred Seidl, Questioning of Joachin von Ribbentrop on the Nazi-Soviet Pact, April 1, 1946

    Alfred Seidl, Questioning of Ernst von Weizsacker on the Secret Protocol, May 31, 1946

    Erich Raeder, Testimony on the German Attack on Norway, May 17, 1946

    Hartley Shawcross, Evidence on the German Attack on the Soviet Union, April 4, 1946

    Wilhelm Keitel, Testimony on Hitler's Plan to Attack the Soviet Union, April 4, 1946

    Alfred Jodl, Testimony on Soviet Preparations to Attack Germany, June 5, 1946


  6. War Crimes

    Francois de Menthon, The Concept of War Crimes, January 17, 1946

    Charles Dubost, The German Use of Civilian Hostages, January 24, 1946

    Marie Claude Vaillant-Couturier, Testimony on the Gassing at Auschwitz, January 28, 1946

    Hanns Marx, Cross-Examination of Marie Claude Vaillant-Couturier, January 28, 1946

    Roman A. Rudenko, The German Destruction of the Soviet Union, February 8, 1946

    Roman A. Rudenko, The Mistreatment and Murder of Soviet Prisoners of War, February 8, 1946

    Telford Taylor, Questioning of Erich von dem Bach-Zelewski, January 7, 1946

    Yuri Pokrovsky, Examination of Erich von dem Bach-Zelewski, January 7, 1946

    Robert H. Jackson, Cross-Examination of Albert Speer, June 21, 1946

    Karl Donitz, Testimony about His Relationship with Hitler, May 9, 1946

    Wilhelm Keitel, Testimony on War Crimes, April 6 and April 7 1946

    Hermann Goring, Testimony on the Applicability of the Hague Convention of 1907, March 15, 1946

    Robert H. Jackson, On the Guilt of the Leader and His Followers, July 26, 1946


  7. Crimes against Humanity

    Hartley Shawcross, On the Law of the Charter on Crimes against Humanity, July 26, 1946

    Francois de Menthon, On Crimes against the Human Status, January 17, 1946

    William F. Walsh, On the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, December 14, 1945

    Abram Suzkever, Persecution of the Jews of Vilna, February 27, 1946

    Rudolf Hoss, Testimony on Auschwitz, April 15, 1946

    Hermann Goring, Testimony on Nazi Policy toward the Jews, March 14, 1946

    Alfred Thoma, Defense of Alfred Rosenberg on the Persecution of the Jews, July 10, 1946

    Walther Funk, Statement of Remorse, May 6, 1946

    Franz von Papen, Explanation for Remaining at His Post, June 19, 1946


  8. Last Words

    Hermann Goring, Final Statement, August 31, 1946

    Rudolf Hess, Final Statement, August 31, 1946

    Albert Speer, Final Statement, August 31, 1946

    Judgment: "The Law of the Charter," September 30-October 1, 1946

    Judgment: The Law as to the Common Plan or Conspiracy," September 30-October1, 1946

    Judgment: "The Persecution of the Jews," September 30-October 1, 1946

    Judgment: "The Accused Organizations," September 30-October 1, 1946


  9. Assessment

    Henry L. Stimson, "Nuremberg: Landmark in Law," January 1947

    Francis Biddle, Andrei Vyshinsky's Visit to Nuremberg, 1962

    Otto Kranzbuhler, Challenge to the Nuremberg Procedures, 1964

    Henry L. Stimson, Assessment of the Judgment, January 1947



    Chronology of Events Related to the Nuremberg Trial (1919-1946)

    The Defendants and Their Fate

    Charges, Verdicts, and Sentences

    Selected Bibliography



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Marrus, Michael R.
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Nuremberg Trial of Major German War Criminals
Nuremberg Trial of Major German War Criminals, Nuremberg, Germany, 1945-1946.
Nuremberg Trial of Major German War Criminals, Nuremberg, Germany, 1945-194
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