Introduction To The Nuremberg Trials

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Introduction To The Nuremberg Trials
The Nuremberg Trials were a series of trials that took place in 1945 and 1946. They concluded judges from the Allied Powers, Great Britain, France, the Soviet Union, and the United States. The trials involved twenty-two major Nazi criminals. The trials continued in Germany and many other countries. The first session took place on October 18,1945 in Berlin, Germany and later got moved to Nuremberg. There were of course arguments between the judges about the decisions. Their Background The four chief prosecutors of the IMT (International Military Tribunal) Robert H. Jackson (U.S.), Francois de Menthon(France), Roman A. Rudenko(Soviet Union), and Sir Hartley Shawcross(Great Britain), handed down
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Three got sentenced to life in prison these included; Rudolf Hess, Walther Funk, and Erich Raeder. Four got prison terms from 10-20 years; Karl Doenitz, Baldur von Schirach, Albert Speer, and Konstantin von Neurath. The court set Hjalmar Schacht, Franz von Papen, and Hans Fritzsche free. The death sentences got carried out on October 16, 1946. But Goering committed suicide shortly before his execution, and Bormann remained missing. The other 10 defendants are hanged, cremated, and the ashes deposited in the Iser River. The seven major war criminals with the 10-20 years in prison remained in the Spandau Prison in…show more content…
The trials originally started in Berlin, Germany but that changed. Only twenty-one out of twenty-four defendants got charged, this is because the three that got set free were found not guilty. The city of Bavaria was selected as the location for the trials because its Palace of Justice was not really damaged by the war, and it included a large prison. The IMT reached some fair choices when it came to the defendants. "Never before in legal history has an effort been made to bring within the scope of a single litigation the developments of a decade, covering a whole continent, and involving a score of nations, countless individuals, and innumerable
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