To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the International Military Tribunal, Crime Story presents a new series, NUREMBERG. Sean Smith examines the many dimensions of the historic judicial proceedings. Drawing on official transcripts of the trial, as well as a vast bibliography of first- and second-hand accounts, NUREMBERG tells the stories behind the legal, political and personal struggles which complicated this revolutionary exercise in international jurisprudence.
Part 1 sets the stage and the stakes for the story of the Nuremberg Military Tribunal.
In Part 2 of our new Crime Story series Nuremberg, we examine the journey of Robert Jackson from the United States Supreme Court to the role of Lead Prosecutor of the Nuremberg Tribunal.
In Part 3 of our new Crime Story series Nuremberg, we examine the journey of German Reichsmarshal Hermann Goering from from the shell of the man that he was when arrested in the immediate aftermath of the Nazi Regime’s collapse to the defiant and confident leader of a group of men accused of crimes against humanity.
Seventy-five years ago, on Wednesday, March 13, 1946, Hermann Goering takes the stand at Nuremberg’s International Military Tribunal, the first of the accused to testify on his own behalf. This special historic moment episode captures the atmosphere in that courtroom, exactly three quarters of a century ago.
In Part 4 of our Crime Story series Nuremberg, we examine the United States prosecuting team’s preparation and presentation of the documentary “Nazi Concentration Camps.” We follow with an assessment of the dramatic impact of that film on the proceedings.
In Part 5 of our Crime Story series Nuremberg, we examine the strange story of Rudolf Hess, his notorious path to the defendant’s dock and the psychiatric symptoms that he presented in the early days of the trial.
In Part 6 of our Crime Story series Nuremberg, we examine Robert Jackson’s gambit to make the centerpiece of the International Military Tribunal charging the individual Nazi leaders not as legitimate government officials but as conspiring gangsters.
In Part 7 of our Crime Story series Nuremberg, we examine the U.K. prosecutors’ tightly-focused presentation of Count Two of the indictment, particularly as it played in contrast to the Americans’ unapologetic power-grab.