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Nuremberg Review

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When the Second World War ended, the Nuremberg trials commenced to hold Nazi criminals accountable for the crimes they committed throughout the war. As the four world powers could not try the entire country, nor did everyone in the country partake in the criminal acts, 24 individuals were chosen to be tried. The men that were indicted were believed to have held offices of power. These men were thought to be the lead men for Hitler during the war. It is believed that these 24 men not only followed orders, but took advantage of their power within the community. As the tribunal gathered to build their cases against these men, many questions were discussed in regards to treatment, how and ...view middle of the document...

At one point, a general prisoner requested the respect of the lead officer. The lead officer proceeds to rip their stripes from their uniform and told them they are no longer soldiers but criminals of war. This was before the trial had even begun. After imprisonment these men were subjected to beatings and abused by American soldiers. Hans Frank, prisoner, was shown being pummeled by an Allied Soldier and when defenseless, he was kicked in the groin in order to show authority. Although these men were being tried for heinous crimes, they should have been granted basic rights of proper treatment while being imprisoned. These men were kept in isolation, except during one lunch and while court is in session. It is also portrayed that all these men were made of the same cloth, despite several of the men offering condolences to the military psychiatrist. It was common after the war to show all men that collaborated Hitler as evil. Media during this time was known to “Nazi Bash.” As we have talked about in class, lumping all men in one group can be dangerous. When this occurs, the individual person falls out of perspective and is built to meet the needs of the jury. As the trial progressed, evidence was entered in the form of a video showing what actually was happening in the concentration camps. These videos were graphic, heart wrenching, and eye opening for all that watched. Although these videos were able to prove without a doubt the horrific crimes that were being committed, this video was only used when the defense team felt as if their backs were against the wall. This video was used to recapture the “audience.” In essence, using the videos met the needs of the few to show the guilt of the accused men.
Early in the movie, Hermann Goering surrendered to the American forces after learning that Hitler had been killed. Goering is a strong man, with great leadership skills. He uses these leadership skills throughout the movie to influence the men around him. When he arrives at the military camp, Goering surrenders his blade to the commanding officer as a sign of respect. As the night continues, American soldiers are shown celebrating, drinking, and dancing with Goering and his wife. Goering was a war criminal that the American soldiers fraternized with. When Goering was served his indictment by the Allied Troop member Arie Meeve, he questions Meeve of his heritage and back round. Although Meeve does not verbally respond, his body language and facial expressions clearly show that he was uncomfortable. It might also show that Meeve was second guessing his authority and his past. Goering's cell is guarded by a young soldier, Tex. During the time that Tex guards Goering, he interacts with Goering as friend, a confidant. Goering offered Tex a gift, which Tex accepted and used. Tex lacked clear guidance and support from his superiors which allowed for this to happen. Goering continued to use his influence among the men being...

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