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Defendants and Taylor at Medical Trial

Film | Accession Number: 1996.167.1 | RG Number: RG-60.2210 | Film ID: 20

(Munich 479) War Crimes Trials - Subsequent Trial Proceedings, Case 1 (Medical Case), Nuremberg, Germany. Opening statement, American trial and American judges. LS shot of courtroom from above. Judges enter, MLS 4 judges. Defendants answer one by one. President of the Tribunal states that as names are called, they will rise and answer questions. Karl Brandt, Paul Rostock, Oskar Schroeder, Rose, Pokorny, Oberhauser, Handloser, Ruff, Fritz Fischer, Blome, Sievers, Brock, Becker-Freysing, Weltz, Romberg, and 4 others. MS, Gen. Telford Taylor tells of "nameless dead...These wretched people were not even treated as humans...anonymous millions...whose fate is a hideous blot on pages of human history." MLS high angle "...It is far more important that these incredible events be established by clear and public proof so that no one can ever doubt that they were fact and not fable, and that this the voice of humanity stamp these acts and the ideas which engendered them as barbarious and criminal." LS, spectators, "[defendants] didn't kill for personal enrichment or in hot blood. Some...may be sadists who killed and tortured for sport, but they are not all perverts. They are not ignorant men...are trained physicians and...distinguished scientists." Taylor pleads that these crimes do not go unpunished.

Event:  1946 December 09
Production:  12/10/1946
Nuremberg, Germany
Accessed at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of National Archives & Records Administration
Record last modified: 2021-06-03 12:47:21
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