xiii, 593 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Tells of the trial of the Nazi high command at Nuremberg at the end of World War II, and gives information on the careers of the defendants. This book is composed for the most part from original sources and the trial record. Norman Birkett, one of the two British judges at Nuremberg, called it "the greatest trial in history." Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson, the American prosecutor, observed, "This trial has a scope that is utterly beyond anything that has ever been attempted." A unique event in modern history- the first and only time the leaders of a defeated nation have been placed on trial- what happened at Nuremberg has eluded the efforts of writers to bring it to life for more than thirty-five years. Now, this book tells the complete story in vivid, dramatic terms. Employing massive files of the National Archives, documentary collections of key figures, and interviews with leading participants, the author relates what actually happened in court and what went on behind the scenes. He brings to life the prosecution, the defense and the judges, and he traces some unforgettable portraits of the defendants themselves. Also illuminated are many of the seemingly inexplicable occurrences of the Nazi regime, providing the first comprehensive account of Nazi criminality and atrocities, their development, and the staggering consequences. Never again will any person be able to claim seriously that the holocaust is an invention or that the German leaders were not really war criminals- the evidence, produced not only by the prosecution but in many cases also by the defense, is overwhelming. Timely and absorbing, this book takes its place as one of the definitive books on the Hitler era.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 579-584) and index.
Formatted Contents Note
I., Crime and punishment: Escape from Auschwitz The sword of justice The accused. II. Interrogation and indictment: The prisoners of Ashcan The documentation division Goering and Hess: the flight from reality Ribbentrop: the wandering Aryan Jackson: the labors of Hercules The judges Ley: the disaster of anti-Semitism The Krupp fiasco Attorneys for the defense Discord on the prosecution The eve of trial. III. The conspiracy 'A ring of evil men': the Rohm purge The Hossbach meeting: a split in the alliance Goering's coup: the Blomberg-Fritsch crisis Goering as Machiavelli: the Anschluss Conflict: Donovan versus Jackson The rape of Czechoslovakia Kristallnacht: the plot against the Jews Schacht: an economy in ruins "War is still a law of nature': the Moscow pact Keitel and Jodl: 'A child's game in the sandbox' 'The train of the dead" The ravages of euthanasia Frank: the ant and the aphid Barbarossa: the commissar and partisan orders Einsatzgruppen Speer and Sauckel: slave labor 'The final solution of the Jewish question Partisan warfare The perversion of German medicine 'Night and fog', and counterterror War crimes 'A most terrible and convincing case'. IV. Defense: The catlike elephant: Goering The faithful followers: Hess and Ribbentrop "Destiny took its tragic course": Keitel A breath of ashes: Kaltenbrunner "A thousand years of guilt": Rosenberg and Frank The venomous vulgarian: Streicher An irregular witness: Frick and Schacht Blood on the gold: Funk A question of equivocation: Doenitz and Raeder The American: Schirach The political general: Jodl The fox and the goat: Speer and Sauckel Step by step: Seyss-Inquart, Papen, Neurath, and Fritzsche The Katyn Forest massacre The poisoned chalice: the case of the organizations "A mad and melancholy record" Epitaph on ideals. V. Judgment: Deliberation Verdict Execution Requiem for the Reich.