The Nizkor Project: Remembering the Holocaust (Shoah)

The Trial of German Major War Criminals
Sitting at Nuremberg, Germany
December 17, 1945 to January 4, 1946

(Versión en Español)
  • Session 21, December 17, 1945 (Part 1 of 16)

    Tribunal's rulings regarding Press interviews with defendants, Counsel for Groups and Organisations, documentary evidence, and applications for witnesses.
    Germanisation and spoliation in occupied countries (concluded)
    U.S.S.R. (Captain Harris) - Plans to remove foodstuffs and raw materials, thereby leaving millions of Russians to starvation; Plans for annexation and colonisation
    Criminality of indicted Groups and Organisations
    Leadership Corps of Nazi Party (Colonel Storey) - Its organisational structure - "Hierarchy of descending Caesars;" Legal solidification of its total control over German State and Government, Its participation in persecution of Jews, lynching of Allied airmen, crimes agains civilian population of occupied territories and in suppression of the Church

  • Session 22, December 18, 1945 (Part 1 of 8)

    Participation of Leadership Corps in the destruction of Trade Unions and in the plundering of art treasures (Einsatzstab Rosenberg)
    Reich Cabinet (Colonel Storey) - Its composition and its progressive domination by Nazi Party; Legislative powers and procedure; Implementation by laws and decrees of Nazi Party's criminal purposes, involving i.a. violation of international treaties and war planning
    S.A. ((Colonel Storey) - S.A. as component of Nazi Party ("Soldiers of an idea")

  • Session 23, December 19, 1945 (Part 1 of 8)

    S.A. - Use as terror instrument against political opponents, Jews, etc.; Instrumental in consolidating Nazi control of State, As arresting agency, guards of concentration camps, auxiliary police; Militarisation of S.A. and preparation by S.A. of German people for war; War-time activities of S.A.
    S.S. (Major Farr) - As an e´ organisation of the Nazi Party; Origin; Structure and component parts; Basic selection principles and obligations; Unification of command and personnel of Police and S.S.; Responsibilities of S.S.: Concentration Camps; Operation of camps; Use of inmates as forced labour and their "extermination through work"

  • Session 24, December 20, 1945

    [Concentration camps, continued] Experimenting on inmates (high altitude, low temperature, poisoned bullet experiments); Persecution and extermination of Jews; Crimes against Peace: Para-military organisation of S.S., Fostering of Fifth Column movements; War Crimes and Crimes against Humanity: Anti-partisan activities -- extermination of political undesirables and Jews, Shooting of Allied prisoners of war; Implementation of Germanisation programme (see above "Germanisation and spoliation in occupied countries"); Gestapo and S.D. (Colonel Storey: Establishment and development of the Gestapo -- pertinent laws and decrees; Co-operation between S.D. (intelligence agency of Party) and Gestapo (Secret State Police) and their eventual amalgamation in the Reich Security Main Office (R.H.S.A.) -- its organisational structure and operational units (Einsatz Groups); Activities of Gestapo and S.D. in the fight against enemies of the Nazi regeime, Mass murder of political and racial undesirables in occupied territories

  • Session 25, January 2, 1946 (Part 1 of 9)

    [Gestapo and SD continued] Activities of Gestapo and SD in prisoner of war camps. Execution of recaptured POWS; Establishment and classification of concentration and annihilation camps. Crimes against civilians of occupied territories -- Deportation for forced labour; Trials and punishments ("Night and Fog Decree"); Reprisals against relatives of offenders. Persecutuion of Jews and of the Church. Individual responsibility of Defendant Kaltenbrunner (Lt. W.R. Harris) -- motion by his counsel for postponement of trial nor entertained by Tribunal, Particulars of his life and of his career as a Nazi; His individual responsibility as Chief of Security Police and S.D. for all activities charged against Gestapo and S.D.

  • Session 26, January 3, 1946 (Part 1 of 15)

    Oral evidence of Otto Ohlendorf, Chief of Amt III in R.S.H.A. on Einsatz Groups; R.S.H.A.-Army agreement on their use, liquidation of Jews and Political Commissars
    Oral evidence of Dieter Wisliceny, member of S.D., on "final solution" of Jewish question in South-Eastern Europe

  • Session 27, January 4, 1946 (Part 1 of 9)

    Oral evidence of Walter Schellenberg, Chief of Amt VI in R.S.H.A., on R.S.H.A.-Army agreement on use of Einsatz Groups.

    Oral evidence of Alois Hoellriegel, guard at Mauthausen concentration camp, on extermination of camp inmates.

    Criminality of indicted Groups and Organizations (continued); General Staff and High Command (Colonel Taylor)

    Introductory remarks, Organization of the German Armed Forces, Composition and functioning of General Staff and High Command, Participation in crimes under Counts 1 and 2 of the Indictment: Collaboration with the Nazis in "Preparation for war", Implementation of plans to aggrandise Germany: by threats of force; by force.

Under the Authority of H.M. Attorney-General
By His Majesty's Stationery Office

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