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Nuremberg IMT

Film | Accession Number: 2010.477.1 | RG Number: RG-60.1259 | Film ID: 2918

2009 restoration by Schulberg Productions with English subtitles. The film "Nuremberg: Its Lesson for Today" is the official documentary of the International Military Tribunal held in Nuremberg from November 21, 1945 to October 1, 1946. It is set in the Nuremberg courtroom and recreates the case against the Nazi high command using German documents, photographs, and moving pictures. The film was completed by Stuart Schulberg and his editor, Joseph Zigman, in the spring of 1948, and premiered in Stuttgart in November of that year. For political reasons the film was subsequently suppressed by the U.S. Department of War (the entity that ordered its production) in all countries except Germany. As a result, the negative was lost or destroyed, few prints remain, and it has rarely been shown publicly.

Sandra Schulberg and Josh Waletzky created the first complete 35mm picture and sound restoration of this historic film in 2009. The restoration uses original sound recordings from the trial and allows audiences to hear Justice Robert H. Jackson's famous opening and closing statements to the Tribunal, the voices of the English, Russian, and French prosecutors, and testimony from the German defendants and their defense attorneys. The film ends with Jackson's stirring words - "Let Nuremberg stand as a warning to all those who would plan and wage aggressive war"- which makes "Nuremberg: Its Lesson for Today" startlingly contemporary.

Event:  1945-1946
Production:  2009
Nuremberg, Germany
Accessed at US Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Schulberg Productions
Record last modified: 2020-02-04 10:39:05
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