Communist female prisoner and other doctors testify at Nuremberg Trial
(Paris 528) War Crimes Trials, Nuremberg, Germany, January 28, 1946. Dr. Hans Marx, defense counselor, questions Marie-Claude Vaillant Couturier. His questions are in German and answered in French. Dr. Marx asks the witness if her testimony is based on how she personally experienced things. She answers that it is based on her personal experience but has been confirmed through others. 08:02:50 Lord Justice Geoffrey Lawrence asks the defense counselors if any others wish to question the witness. LS, MS two witnesses, Dr. Jean Weith and Dr. Vic Dupont. 08:04:08 Dr. Weith enters the witness box and reports that yes, some prisoners had to sign a declaration upon liberation that they would never tell about what they saw in the camp, but contacts between prisoners and the surrounding population were so frequent and the flames from the crematorium so obvious, that it could not possibly have been kept a secret what was going on (he speaks in German). 08:06:02 Close view of witness Dr. Weith, he refers to Mauthausen. 08:07:38 Dr. Dupont takes the stand and testifies in French. 08:07:55 Dr. Dupont talks about the classification of prisoners (social, religious, nationality, etc. - including Jews and Roma) and extermination. He also talks of his most tragic experience: when 16 children were deported to Auschwitz to be gassed, because they knew exactly what awaited them.
1946 January 28
- Accessed at US Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of National Archives & Records Administration
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