The Nuremberg Trial: A History of Nazi Germany as Revealed through the Testimony at Nuremberg

The Nuremberg Trial: A History of Nazi Germany as Revealed through the Testimony at Nuremberg

The Nuremberg Trial: A History of Nazi Germany as Revealed through the Testimony at Nuremberg

The Nuremberg Trial: A History of Nazi Germany as Revealed through the Testimony at Nuremberg

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This book is an attempt to make the material of the Nuremberg Trial available to a wider public in a comprehensible form. The verbatim reports of the court proceedings alone run to fortytwo volumes; in addition, there are tens of thousands of written and printed pages of further documents, which at the time of the Trial were not yet written or were not yet available, but which today must be taken into consideration if an objective picture of events is to be obtained. Finally, the authors have attempted to re-create for the reader the atmosphere of the immediate postwar period and a picture of the general circumstances of the time, as well as to describe the developments leading up to the Trial.

On the other hand, the authors have decided--and this decision was forced on them by the wealth of material--to leave many aspects untouched; for example, the ramifications of the "indicted organizations," such as the Nazi government, the Corps of Political Leaders, the SS, SD, Gestapo, SA, the General Staff, and the Supreme Command of the Army. However, the actions laid at the door of these organizations have made their appearance under other headings during the Trial.

Furthermore, everything relating to the problems of jurisdiction and international law has been intentionally omitted, although they touch upon some extremely interesting points made during the lengthy pleadings and arguments of the prosecution and defense. In concentrating almost completely on the factual contents of the Trial, the authors have attempted to present the history of the Trial itself in all its aspects, based on documents, depositions, records, and historical facts. They have left nothing to speculation or imagination; they have strictly avoided all romantic embellishments and additions. Thus everything in this book is historically accurate, every action and reaction of the protag-

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