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Historians and War Crimes Tribunals panels

Film | Accession Number: USHMM Records 2001.136 | RG Number: RG-60.3811 | Film ID: 2653

End of Historians panel with Yehuda Bauer's speech. 16:19:38 Hilberg tells of his position in the 45th division during the war. He was not at the liberation of Dachau. Describes capturing Germans and interviewing an officer, who wanted to have a philosophical conversation: "don't you agree that Hitler is a great man?"

16:23:00 Announcements about getting the liberated to meet their liberators.

War Crimes tribunal begins with chairman Bernard Fischman. 16:31:17 Dr. Pilichowski, (Poland), director of the Main Commission of the Investigation of Nazi Crimes in Poland. Talks about the legality of prosecuting Nazi criminals; the desire for revenge. Speaks in Polish, written translation. (p. 112 "Liberation of Camps")

16:44:27 G.I.A.D. Draper (UK), international lawyer, participated in trials of German war criminals before British military tribunals. Describes the procedure of prosecuting war criminals; evidence of criminality - documents, photos. (p. 113 "Liberation of Camps")

16:58:07 Nikolai M. Kotlyar (USSR), prosecutor of Nazi war criminals. Explains the pain of the Soviet people caused by the war and Hitler's Barbarossa plan to destroy the USSR. Talks of Soviet Union in wartime, provisions against war propaganda. Briefly mentions the threat of nuclear arms and the importance of preventing them. Speaks in Russian, written translation. (p. 115 "Liberation of Camps")

17:10:17 Delphin Debenest (France), in French resistance, survivor of Buchenwald, adjunct prosecutor at Nuremberg. Describes various war crimes that took place. Speaks in French, written translation. (p. 117 "Liberation of Camps")

17:21:33 (Israel), prosecuted Eichmann. Talks of plan of final solution and the background of those who implemented it; who were the Nazis? Intellectual, educated men were Nazis. Eichmann trial, ideology and philosophy. Emanuel Kant. (p. 118 "Liberation of Camps")

17:38:17 Adrian Fisher (US), technical advisor to the American judges. Explains what Nuremberg actually did and what its limitations were. Nuremberg trials explained the true extent of the atrocities, established that the Holocaust happened and that there wasn't much opposition to it within Germany. The trial was based on occupation powers. (p. 121 "Liberation of Camps")

Event Date
October 1981
Washington, DC, United States
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
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