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Judgement at Nuremberg is a fictionalized account of the war crimes and trial of judges and prosecutors who served the Nazis Judgement at Nuremberg depicts a watershed event the first trial basedupon principles of justice and international laws of the leaders of a country that had waged aggressive war and committed crimes against humanity This film is a gripping provocative and searching look at the moral issues surrounding both the actions of the accused and the process of bringing them to justice The fil also explores the issue of whether ordinary Germans bore responsibility for the Holocaust Until the 20th century wars in Europe were high stakes games palyed by kings and emperors The victors would take wealth and booty from the vanquished and make them pay tribute After the unprecedented destruction caused by World War I the Allies made Germany pay huge sums as reparations The results were disastrous Germany was impoverished and the Allies did not get nearly enough to pay for the cost of rebuilding The Germans were angry and humiliated at these and other terms of the peace treaty This anger and humiliation played a large part in the rise of the Nazis and the willingness of the german people to participate in World War II During World War II the Allies realized that they could not punish entire populations but that the individual perpetrators of the worst crimes could be tried by an international tribunal as war criminals There was no precedent for this and the law had to be developed as the trials progressed There were three types of crimes prosecuted by the Nuremberg tribunals crimes against the peace planning starting and waging aggressive wars war crimes violations of the Hague Convention and the laws of war generally recognized by civilized nations crimes against humanity atrocities against civilians including exterminating racial ethnic and religious groups and operating slave labor camps The former Nazis claimed that they
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