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Promoting need for war crimes trials; bookburning

Film | Accession Number: 2002.546.1 | RG Number: RG-60.3718 | Film ID: 2576

Film promoting the need for war crimes trials in Nuremberg. Narration explains the various trials established to prosecute war criminals. Opening shot, statue of Thomas Jefferson in Jefferson Memorial, Washington DC. Ext CUs, Adolf Hitler addressing German people at Nuremberg rally (translated into English). CU, concentration camp victims; weeping relatives/civilians. Piles of corpses, atrocities. CU, documents. US soldiers shot in back, victims of Nazi persecution. Wagons loaded with corpses moving through streets. Marching with swastikas. 12:10:50 Book burning (all familiar images, good different use of book burning sequence). "Through their master plan they had to wipe out every trace of opposition, religious opposition, political opposition [books being burned]...the opposition of peace-loving nations." Horrible scenes showing concentration camp survivors. 12:11:18 US soldier from Hollywood, CA with survivors, discussing methods of murder, showing scenes of torture. Questioning doctors at Hadamar, poison bottle, indicting scientists. Gas, showers. 12:12:36 Molotov and Eden signing Moscow declaration. CU, Hans Frank, minister of Nazi justice, speaking to crowd of Nazis (text translated into English). Forcing German civilians to view corpses/crematoria. CU, Vidkun Quisling on trial in Oslo, Norway. CU, British General Whier(?) speaking at trial of Nazis. Shots of Nazi officials tried at Nuremberg during the war, speaking, marching, etc. CUs, US prosecutor Robert H Jackson. Other legal staff departing from the US.12:16:16 Cover of "Mein Kampf" with image with Adolf Hitler. More scenes of Nazi officials, liberation, animated map. Men speaking at UN. Jackson re: Nuremberg trial from his desk (not familiar). Allies introduce trial, sign IMT charter. Photograph of Nuremberg prison, names of accused superimposed on screen.

Production:  1946
Washington, DC, United States
Oslo, Norway
Nuremberg, Germany
Accessed at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Getty Images
Record last modified: 2021-06-03 12:46:38
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