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Nuremberg Trial proceedings: summation and verdict

Film | Accession Number: 2001.358.1 | RG Number: RG-60.3008 | Film ID: 2388

Reel 8: Chief US prosecutor Robert Jackson delivers his summation. Courtroom scenes, showing defendants testifying and prisoners' dock, " say of these men that they are not guilty, it would be as true to say that there has been no war, there are no slain, there has been no crime." 08:10:04 Sir Hartley Shawcross delivers summation, "This trial must form a milestone in the history of our civilization..." 08:10:41 Gen. Rudenko delivers summation, "...their crimes have been proven...the truth cannot be challenged." 08:11:26 French prosecutor de Ribes delivers his summation, "...the fate of these men lies within your conscience..." The justices deliberate, shots of the conference room, narrator identifies judges as they discuss the verdict. 08:12:30 "1 October 1946" Judges deliver verdict. Flashbacks are shown as the sentences are read. Goering: guilty, scenes of 1933 boycott in Berlin, window painted with "Jude", Lvov massacre. Hess: guilty, scenes of Hess delivering lecture to Nazi crowd heiling. von Ribbentrop: guilty, shots of buildings on fire and German soldiers. Keitel: guilty, Keitel signing agreement, forced labor scenes. Kaltenbrunner: guilty, footage of survivors "dying" as "gas" is released into a gas chamber (see Reel 6 or Story 2417) Rosenberg: guilty, Rosenberg delivering speech into microphone, bookburning scenes. Frank: guilty, showing Mogilev gassing experiment of mental patients, including a brief additional shot of a naked boy being lead by a woman and man in white coats into a basement. The people in white coats (probably local Soviet doctors) are more clearly seen. There is a German uniformed man in background. (These scenes are clearer than the sequence in Reel 5.) Frick: guilty, survivors in hospital beds, Frick watching a military parade with Hitler in BG. Streicher: guilty, scene of a SS men dragging a Jew across cobblestones in the ghetto. Funk: guilty, shots of piles of gold extracted from victims' teeth. Schacht: not guilty. Karl Doenitz: guilty, showing German advance at harbor, speaking behind a podium. Raeder: guilty, seen talking to Hitler. Schirach: guilty, with Hitler Youth, speaking to youth. Sauckel: guilty, forced labor scenes, men with shovels. Jodl: guilty, scenes of military advances, fighting. von Papen: not guilty. Speer: guilty, scenes of German industry. Neurath: guilty, showing Nazis marching in the street. Seyss-Inquart: guilty, mob scenes in Austria after the Anschluss. Fritzsche: not guilty. Bormann: guilty in absentia. Prison where defendants await sentencing, showing various chambers, guards. Text superimposed on screen from Jackson: "This trial is part of the great effort to make the peace more secure. It constitutes juridical action of a kind to ensure that those who start a war will pay for it personally." Film ends with "Nuremberg stands as a warning to all those who plan and wage aggressive war."
End Credit: This film was produced by the Documentary Film Unit / Information Services Division / OMGUS Followed by 3 logos: AFIFA / ZEIT IM FILM / FILMSTUDIO TEMPELHOF

Event:  1945-1946
Production:  1948
Nuremberg, Germany
Mogilev, Belarus
Lviv (Lvov), Poland
Berlin, Germany
Accessed at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of National Archives & Records Administration
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 17:44:09
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