Other Sellers on Amazon
Nuremberg - Tyranny on Trial (History Channel)
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Top Customer Reviews
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.
(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.)
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It is a great DVD for any WWII buff. Well done and accurate. We should never forget about it and this will help that cause.Published on June 10, 2014 by loconcabeza
Dont have subtitles in spanish... I was expecting that this movie has subtitles or audio in spanish, but not, I am dissapointedPublished on April 21, 2013 by Albert
Having recently visited Nuremburg, I was interested in what would be covered. Would have liked for it to have been longer and to have had more detail.Published on December 4, 2012 by William K. Howle
this is perfect for my Medical Law and Ethics class, we touch on the numberburg code and this helps make it a human experience. Read morePublished on December 17, 2010 by L. Nelson