Sentencing Ribbentrop, Keitel, Kaltenbrunner at Nuremberg Trial
- Event Date
- 1946 October 01
- Accessed at US Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of National Archives & Records Administration
Sentencing of Nazi Leaders at Nuremberg, Nuremberg, Germany, October 1946. MS, Hermann Goering, Baldur von Schirach, Joachim von Ribbentrop, Wilhelm Keitel, Alfred Jodl, Rudolf Hess, sitting in prisoners' dock listening to testimony. Hess taken ill leaves prisoners' dock. Shots of English and US prosecution tables. Scenes of Justice Kravechenko (Russian), reading statement from bench. Pan of prisoners' dock and courtroom as voice of Justice Sir Geoffrey Lawrence (British) is heard speaking about the SS, slave labor, experiments on human beings, consolidating power, and creating the first concentration camps. "Goering claims that his purposes have been misunderstood, but admits that we would have used Russia for our purposes, and participated in the conference...when it was decided that no occupied countries would be left." The SS was able to procure funds for human experiments from the government. The extermination of the Jews was carried out by the SS. Court adjourns. MS of Erich Raeder, Fritz Sauckel, Hess, Goering, von Ribbentrop, in dock. Justice Francis Biddle enumerates Ribbentrop's actions and participation in important decision-makings, states what he claims in his defense, but in conclusion, states that the court finds Ribbentrop guilty on all 4 counts. In French, Keitel's case is presented, his pledge for attenuating circumstances because receiving superior orders as a military officer is rejected. He is guilty under all 4 counts. Camera on prisoners' dock as Justice Lawrence speaks about the defendant, Ernst Kaltenbrunner. Kaltenbrunner is found guilty of counts 1,3 and 4.
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