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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 27, 2005
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000AABKV8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #234,044 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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World War II did not end on the battlefield, but in a courtroom in Germany. The Nuremberg Trials revealed the full scope of Nazi Germany's atrocities and ended in the execution of many of the top Nazi leaders. Follow the historic trials from accusations through executions. See how Nuremberg was the defining point for new principles in the laws of nations, with the war-time actions of defendants like Rudolph Hess and Hermann Goering the measuring sticks. Meet some of the men who were present at the trials, including the chief counsel for the prosecution, and hear how they planned the case against the defendants, knowing that the eyes of the world and the judgement of history watched their every move. And find out how the Trials established a new standard for atrocity "Crimes against Humanity."

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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Håkan Ljung on November 11, 2007
Format: DVD
Overall this is a well made documentary. But 46 minutes is far to short to potray this important historical event. I think you need at least two programmes 92 minutes minimum for this topic. The other thing lacking is we never here these criminals talk with their own voices speaking German. Its very easy to have English subtitles below while Goering, Hoess and Ohlendorf testify. The latter person was not even shown in pictures! This would have added some more precense for the veiwer and it would get crystal clear for us what mentality these people actually had. This is something wich I think is greatly missed. For all of us who dont speak English as first language, a production like this should have English subtitles all over the programme as choice in the menu. Even if I like the style of how this documentary is done, with speakers voice together with floating images and filmstrips, I am also disapointed of this production. Its not going get more than three.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Kerry Walters VINE VOICE on July 20, 2008
Format: DVD
I'm generally no admirer of History Channel documentaries. They tend to be either sensationalistic or too sketchy--which, I suppose, is a necessary consequence of the television format. But "Nuremberg: Tyranny on Trial" isn't half bad.

This is primarily because of the generous footage of both the actual war trial itself as well as the vintage clips from World War II and the death camps. The narrative that accompanies the clips is sound so far as it goes, and the people interviewed--including author Whitney Harris--are articulate and knowledgeable. Special emphasis is properly given to the fact that the trial was breaking new ground, because up to that point there was no formal international law that under which to prosecute war criminals. Eventually, the American prosecution team decided that criminal conspiracy was the best approach. The British, French, and Russian teams supplemented this charge with more formal charges of crimes against humanity.

"Nuremberg" focuses exclusively on the conspiracy charge, which isn't surprising because the film focuses almost exclusively on the American prosecution team, virtually ignoring the other three. This is unfortunate, because the entire issue of crimes against humanity gets sidestepped.

Also overlooked is the significant fact that the Nuremberg Trial put natural law back on the map. The prosecutors held that certain acts constituted crimes against humanity even if they violated no positive law. In making this distinction, they invoked natural law (although not explicitly), the same move that the framers of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights would make in a couple of years.

Overall, though, not a bad introduction to the trial.
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful By "weirdo_87" on March 24, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
I watched this special on the history channel about a week ago. The documentary tells the story of how the trial was put together, the problems during the trial and the aftermath (Sentences, how the trial holds up today, e.t.c). I would reccommend this video to anyone interested in history, particulary Nuremberg and other famous trials.
(Note: One fact I did not know before I watched this was that during the executions, instead of their necks snapping instantly, several of the convicted instead slowly strangled to death. Field Marshal Wilhelm Keitel alone took 28 mintues to die.)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Richard Libowitz on January 28, 2009
Format: DVD
This episode from the History Channel covers the basics of the initial War Crimes Trial. The 50 minute length makes it work well in classroom settings. My one negative comment concerns the verbal tone of the narrator, who sounds both pompous and preaching at times, when neutral commentary would suffice, given the graphic nature of the cases and evidences involved.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Darth Mortis VINE VOICE on May 14, 2010
Format: DVD
I have always enjoyed History Channel documentaries and this one is no exception. It is a great overview of the Nuremberg Trials, one of the most important events in recent history as it was what criminalized war atrocities. Prior to Nuremberg, officials and soldiers could not be held responsible for what they did during war, there was no actual mechanism in place for war crimes.

This video, like many documentaries, is merely an overview. It is under an hour which is hardly enough time to get in-depth but it is a decent summary. Be aware of some tough images and material that is presented here. If you are interested in expanding your knowledge, there are some highly rated books on the subject including: Justice at Nuremberg, The Nuremberg Interviews, and several others.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Nelson on December 17, 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
this is perfect for my Medical Law and Ethics class, we touch on the numberburg code and this helps make it a human experience. My students dont really believe anything like this could happen. This dvd makes it hit more direct.
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