mutual suspicions between occupiers and civilians, as well as to reconcile American official occupation policy with German postwar perspectives. Unable to resolve the dilemma between their function as a tool of reeducation on the one hand, and their desire to listen to the native population on the other, the journalists eventually reacted similarly to their German readers -- furious over their own helplessness they retreated into a passivity that was really a veiled vehemence. 68
Those who cite Nuremberg today as a model for contemporary war crime trials should remember that a unique conglomeration of historical events allowed for such a trial. In 1945 there were victors and vanquished. American lawyers who dominated the proceedings still believed that mental reeducation, regardless of the costs of such an enterprise, could change men and nations. No contemporary case aligns with this historical constellation and idealism.