Nuremberg Trials (1947)

Nuremberg Trials Documentary

Nuremberg Trials: This Soviet documentary film takes you inside the trials of the notorious German war criminals, brought to trial to account for their actions. The documentary film includes excerpts from the trials of many of the senior Nazis including Goebels and Goring.

Most of the documentary film describes the Nazis’ crimes in detail, particularly those committed in the Soviet Union. It claims that if not stopped, the Nazis would have “turned the whole world into a Majdanek“. It also includes some elements of anti-capitalist propaganda, claiming that the real rulers of Germany were “armament kings” such as Gustav Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach. Of the Holocaust and the recovery of gold from its victims, the documentary film states that the Nazis “even made death into a commercial enterprise”.

It is noted in Nuremberg Trials, the documentary film that the Soviet Union objected to the acquittal of Hans FritzscheFranz von Papen and Hjalmar Schacht, and to the fact that Rudolf Hess was given a sentence of life imprisonment, rather than a death sentence. The documentary film shows the corpses of the executed Nazis, before ending with the words “Let the Nuremberg Trial be a stern warning to all warmongers. Let it serve the cause of world-wide peace – of an enduring and democratic peace” spoken while displayed on-screen.

Nuremberg Trials: The documentary film does not refer to the Auschwitz concentration camp by the German name by which it is usually known in the English-speaking world, but instead, referred to “the martyrs of Majdanek and Osventsim”, using the Russian name Освенцим.

The Nuremberg Trials were a series of military tribunals, held by the victorious Allied forces of World War II, most notable for the prosecution of prominent members of the political, military, and economic leadership of the defeated Nazi Germany.

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