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War Crimes Trials: Einsatzgruppen Case

Film | Accession Number: 1991.257.1 | RG Number: RG-60.0417 | Film ID: 231

(Munich 638) War Crimes Trials - Subsequent Trial Proceedings, Case 9 (Einsatzgruppen Case), Nuremberg, Germany. Judge Michael A. Musmanno explains that defendants Otto Rasch and Eduard Strauch were arraigned separately due to illness that prevented them from being in court on September 15. Benjamin Ferencz, the Chief Prosecutor for the US, reads to the court the crimes for which the defendants are charged. HAS of defendants.
Ferencz: "Genocide - the extermination of whole categories of human beings - was the foremost instrument of the Nazi doctrine." 01:03:33

Chief Prosecutor Benjamin Ferencz

We shall establish, beyond the realm of doubt, facts which before the dark decade of the Third Reich would have seemed incredible. The slaughter committed by these defendants was dictated not by military necessity, but by that supreme perversion of thought, the Nazi theory of the master race. We shall show that these deeds of men in uniform were the methodical execution of long range plans to destroy ethnic, national, political, and religious groups which stood condemned in the Nazi mind. Genocide, the extermination of whole categories of human beings, was a foremost instrument of the Nazi doctrine.

US prosecutor John Glancy details the specific crimes of the defendants and provides examples from prosecution evidence. Shot of Brig. Gen. Telford Taylor. Glancy talks about defendant Eduard Strauch, Commander of Einsatzkommando 2, and the number of murders they committed.

Event:  1947 September 29
Nuremberg, Germany
Accessed at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of National Archives & Records Administration
Record last modified: 2021-06-03 12:47:30
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