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USHMM Public Domain Tape #33

Film | Film ID: HMM119

01:00:18 RG-60.0363, Nov 20, 1945, Indictment. Reading of indictment at Nuremberg Trial. The following defendants are present: Hess, Streicher, Kaltenbrunner, von Ribbentrop. MS, MLS, defendants' bench, judges, courtroom audience listening. (poor image quality-scratches on film, underexposed footage.) Courtroom at rest (pre-trial). All stand, 60 seated. MS, defendants' bench. Hess stares stonily (at camera). Hess looks around room, smirks and smiles as MP picks up Hess' earphones for him to hear. Judges bench, presiding judge reads indictment. (poor image quality-underexposed), accusation of guilty is read. Presiding judge reads off a list of names of the accused, as follows: Funk, Streicher, Kaltenbrunner, Jodl, Bormann, von Ribbentrop, etc. Goering looking bored, distracted. Hess fidgets. MLS, seated group, lawyers and defendants. Cut to Hess and Goering, slow pan across defendants' bench, (uneven lighting in courtroom). MS, Judge's bench. LS from back of courtroom, Jackson reading.

01:02:36 RG-60.0364, Nov 20, 1945, "Not Guilty" please. MLS, Hermann Goering stands up and starts to read statement to the court. The voice of Justice Lawrence interrupts, saying that the defendants are not permitted to read statements but are to plead guilty or not guilty. MLS, Goering, Hess, Joachim von Ribbentrop, Keitel, Rosenberg, Julius Streicher, Walter Funk, Hjalmar Schacht, Franz Von Papen, Konstantin Neurath and Hans Fritzsche, one by one, plead not guilty. MLS, Goering again rises to make statement, but is warned by the court. Rear view, chief Prosecutor Robert H. Jackson starts opening address... "The privilege of opening the first trial in history for the crimes against the people of the world is a grave responsibility. The wrongs which we seek to condemn and punish have been so calculated, so malignant and so devastating that civilization cannot tolerate their being ignored because it cannot survive their being repeated..." (Excerpt of opening address)

01:06:17 RG-60.2423, Feb 28, 1946, Jackson speech on "criminality of organizations" and the "pyramid of power"
LHSs, MSs, US Chief Prosecutor Robert H. Jackson delivers a speech concerning the prosecution's case against certain organizations in the Nazi Government. Jackson says, "The work of these organizations was to incite a mob spirit in the German people." Jackson states that the SS, unmercifully and with malice, killed five million Jews. "These crimes with which we deal, are unprecedented; not only because of the large number of organizations which carried them out so methodically, but because of the large number of people who united their efforts to perpetrate them."

01:12:07 RG-60.0006, May 1946, close-ups of chief Nazi war criminals
CUs, Hermann Goering. Goering looks directly at camera, then away; blinking; speaks to man to his left (off camera) calmly; inattentively grins; smiles as if there was a joke. CUs, Hess. Stares at the camera, then downward; grim expression. Goering nervously tugging at scarf tied beneath collar of uniform. CU, Goering resting his chin on his hand. CU, Hess stroking his face with his hand. He is looking downward, pulls at his lip, rubs face, squashes cheek, picks at his cheek.CU, Wilhelm Keitel, stoic. CU, Hess listening on one earphone. CU, Keitel rubbing his eyes and nose; putting on earphones. CU, Rosenberg biting his nails. CU, Wilhelm Frick. CU, Admiral Erich Raeder. CU, Franz Von Papen dozing. CU, Joachim von Ribbentrop nervously playing with his tie; pulls his sunglasses over his eyes. CU, Fritz Sauckel. CU, Alfred Rosenberg stroking his hair, fidgeting, wiping eyes, rubbing face, head in hand. CU, Alfred Jodl, yawns and strokes his mouth. CU, Albert Speer. CU, Walther Funk. CU, Joachim Von Ribbentrop. CU, Keitel.

01:18:05 RG-60.2424, July 27, 1946, Chief British Prosecutor Shawcross final plea for conviction
MS, Chief British prosecutor Sir Hartley Shawcross making final plea for conviction (speech only partly recorded). HMS, showing left side of prisoners' dock. Goering, Jodl, and others speaking with their attorneys during recess. HMS, von Papen and Seyss-Inquart. HS, MLS, MS Shawcross making his final plea for conviction of the defendants. HMLS, Goering, von Ribbentrop, Keitel, Kaltenbrunner, Rosenberg, Doenitz, Sauckel in prisoner's dock as Shawcross is heard speaking. HMLS, Prosecutor Jackson, Dodd, and others seated at table; Shawcross in left FG is speaking. HMS, pan of defendants in dock during Shawcross's speech.

01:20:12 RG-60.2425, July 27, 1946, Shawcross closing arguments
HS Defendants in dock. HMS, Goering, von Ribbentrop, Doenitz in dock. Pan, von Ribbentrop, Keitel, Kaltenbrunner, Rosenberg; pan back to Goering. Pan, from prisoners' dock to Shawcross speaking. Note: Voice of Sir Hartley Shawcross is heard throughout reel summing up. HMS, Shawcross, Rudenko, and unidentified woman conversing at the end of the trial.

01:25:16 RG-60.2425, July 27, 1946, Jackson begins summation
MSs, Chief US Prosecutor Jackson making his summation (re-enacted). Jackson insists that although some of the defendants are more guilty than others, the magnitude of the crime committed is such that any differentiation between them is not justified. "The individual must transcend the state."

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