‘The slate will never be clean’: lessons from the Nuremberg trials 75 years on

Three Holocaust survivors reflect on a milestone in international justice and their struggle to come to terms with the past

[from The Observer]

At 10am, the men were led into the courtroom and ushered into a specially adapted dock, flanked by American military police.

It took the whole day to read out the 24,000-word indictment, which included conspiracy to wage war, crimes against humanity and war crimes.

Seventy-five years ago on 20 November, the first of the Nuremberg trials opened in the Bavarian city which had been the scene of huge Nazi rallies in the years leading up to the second world war.

The British president of the international military tribunal, Lord Justice Geoffrey Lawrence, opened the proceedings, calling the trial “unique in the history of the jurisprudence of the world and of supreme importance to millions of people all over the globe”.

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