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The trial of the Germans : an account of the twenty-two defendants before the International Military Tribunal at Nuremburg

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The trial of the Germans : an account of the twenty-two defendants before the International Military Tribunal at Nuremburg
Call No: 341.69 D252t 1966

Call Number341.69 D252t 1966
Dates[1966]; ©1966
Statement of ResponsibilityEugene Davidson.
Summary"An astute observer of the Nuremberg trial, Eugene Davidson has struggled with the issues it raised: Was it a necessary response to the heinous crimes of the Third Reich? How were Germany and the Germans capable of such extraordinary evil? Was the trial just, given the claims that the defendants were simply serving their country, doing as they had been told to do? And if not just, was it nonetheless necessary as a warning to prevent future crimes against humanity? Davidson's approach to these and other large questions of justice is made through examination of each of the defendants in the trial. His reluctant, but firm, conclusion is: 'In a world of mixed human affairs where a rough justice is done that is better than lynching or being shot out of hand, Nuremberg may be defended as a political event if not as a court.' Some sentences may have seemed too severe, but none was harsher than the punishments meted out to innocent people by the regime these men served. 'In a certain sense,' says Davidson, 'the trial succeeded in doing what judicial proceedings are supposed to do: it convinced even the guilty that the verdict against them was just.' Faulty as the trial was from the legal point of view, a catharsis of the pent-up emotions of millions of people had to be provided and a record of what had taken place duly preserved for whatever use later generations would make of it." —Publisher of paperback edition (University of Missouri)
  1. In the palace of justice
  2. The core of the conspiracy
    • Julius Streicher
  3. The number-two man
    • Hermann Wilhelm Goering
  4. The party in action and theory
    • Martin Bormann
    • Rudolf Hess
    • Alfred Rosenberg
  5. The diplomats
    • Joachim von Ribbentrop
    • Constantin von Neurath
    • Franz von Papen
  6. The party and big business
    • Hjalmar Schacht
    • Walther Emanuel Funk
  7. The law
    • Wilhelm Frick
  8. The youth leader
    • Baldur von Schirach
  9. The party, the police forces, and the army
    • Ernst Kaltenbrunner
    • Wilhelm Keitel
    • Alfred Jodl
  10. The navy
    • Erich Raeder
    • Karl Doenitz
  11. The proconsuls
    • Hans Frank
    • Artur Seyss-Inquart
  12. The war plant and forced labor
    • Albert Speer
    • Fritz Sauckel
  13. The propagandist
    • "This is Hans Fritzsche"
  14. The organizations
  15. Two decades later
Physical Description ix, 636 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
Carrier Typevolume
PublisherNew York : The Macmillan Company
Includes bibliographical references (pages 595–615) and index