Nuremberg Trial Importance

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The Overwhelming Importance of The Nuremburg Trials "It was the virtue of the Nuremberg trial that it was conceived in hatred of war, and nurtured by those starved of peace. Of course, the trial was botched and imperfect…it had to deal with new crimes for which there was no provision in national law or international law." (Rebecca West). The trials were full of controversy and an overwhelming hope for justice which was the motive behind everything. The creation of the first concentration camp sparked the anger amongst the Allied nations leading to an increase of hostility. Throughout the Nuremberg Trials archive, the group of memorialized people are the German Nazis and the Allied powers. The Nazis whom were convicted on many accounts of…show more content…
Karl Brandt was first appointed the co-head of the T-4 Euthanasia Program alongside Philipp Bouhler and in 1942, Hitler appointed Brandt Commissioner of Sanitation and Health. His heavy involvement with experiments on concentration camp inmates led him to be prosecuted in 1946-47 alongside "twenty-three doctors and administrators accused of organizing and participating in war crimes and crimes against humanity in the form of medical experiments and medical procedures inflicted on prisoners and civilians" (Harvard Law) They were charged with more than twelve series of medical experiments including the studying the effects of freezing, malaria, poison gas, bone/muscle/nerve regeneration, saltwater consumption, sterilization, and many more. The experiments conducted on inmates included killing Jews for anatomical research, euthanasia of sick civilians, and the killing of tubercular Poles. "For the most part they are nameless dead. To their murderers, these wretched people were not individuals at all. They came in wholesale lots and were treated worse than animals. They were 200 Jews in good physical condition, 50 Gypsies, 500 tubercular Poles, or 1,000 Russians. The victims of these crimes are numbered among the anonymous millions who met death at the hands of the Nazis and whose fate is a hideous blot on the page of modern history" said General Telford Taylor (Harvard Law). The…show more content…
His extensive involvement with slave labor of concentration camp inmates and industrialists who used inmates as slave labor to run their factories. The crimes which were the subject of this trial United States of America against Oswald Pohl were "man's inhumanity to man". The main focus led to many counts of inhumane treatment being, "the systematic commission of atrocities in concentration camps, the utilization of slave labor under brutal and inhumane conditions, the extermination of the Jews and so-called "useless eaters", criminal medical experimentation on concentration camp inmates, the destruction of the Warsaw Ghetto, and the confiscation of property on a gigantic scale" (Harvard Law) The defendant Pohl and his collaborators in the WVHA were contributors to all of these crimes and many more. The Allied nations quickly caught on to the terrible treatment of the non-Aryan races which led to the prosecution of Pohl and his perpetrators. The trial lasted almost two years and the final verdict was decided, Oswald Pohl was sentenced to death by hanging on June 7, 1951. The execution of Pohl along with others was another victory for the Allied nations. The purpose for the trials was to bringing Nazi war criminals to justice, and it did just that. Despite some viewing the
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