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Nuremberg Trial proceedings; summation and verdict

Film | Accession Number: 2006.350.1 | RG Number: RG-60.4296 | Film ID: 2757

Part 4 of GERMAN language version [corresponds to NARA reels 7 & 8]

Courtroom scenes, questioning various defendants, showing various views of the courtroom and trial proceedings. Questioning Jodl and von Ribbentrop. Prosecutor asks Goering: "Do you still say that neither Hitler nor you knew of the policy to exterminate the Jews?" Goering: "I already had said that not even approximately did I know to what degree this thing took place." Prosecutor: "You did not know to what degree, but you knew there was a policy which aimed at the liquidation of the Jews?" Goering: "No, not liquidation of Jews, only knew that certain perpetrations had taken place." Prosecutor cross-examining Speer. Final statements of defendants. Frank, "I myself speaking from the very depths of my sentiments...say this: now that I have gained a last insight into all that which has been committed in the way of dreadful atrocities, I feel a terrible guilt within me." Funk, "...When measures of terror and violence against Jews were put to me, I suffered a nervous breakdown...I feel ashamed and guilty." Final statements of Schirach, Schacht, Speer: "The tremendous danger contained in this totalitarian system only became really clear the moment we were approaching the end....This trial must contribute to the prevention of such distorted wars in the future and to the establishment of principles of human cooperation." Final statements of Keitel, Frank, and Fritsche. The defense and prosecution sum up their arguments. 01:08:48 Chief US prosecutor Robert Jackson delivers his summation. Courtroom scenes, showing defendants testifying and prisoners' dock, "...to 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..." 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. "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 Film ID 2754] 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 Film ID 2754] 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. Fritsche: not guilty. Bormann: guilty in absentia. Prison where defendants await sentencing, showing various chambers, guards. Text superimposed on screen from Jackson, in German, English translation "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."

Final title screen: "Dieser Film wurde hergestellt von der Dokumentarfilm Abteilung / Information Services Division OMGUS. ENDE"

Duration
00:20:12
Locale
Nuremberg, Germany
Berlin, Germany
Language
German
Genre/Form
Documentary.
Credit
US Holocaust Memorial Museum, gift of Thomas P. Headen
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Record last modified: 2018-11-27 11:03:21
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