The Nuremberg Legacy: How the Nazi War Crimes Trials Changed the Course of History

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Sixty years have passed since the Nuremberg trials of the major Nazi war criminals, but that event still stands as the foundation of international justice. Nuremberg not only ignited a revolution in international law but affected domestic law as well with its simple but profound priniciple that every individual accused of crime is entitled to a full and fair hearing.This book reveals how the precedents set at Nuremberg have affected human rights, race relations, medical practice, big business and even Germany’s post-war development. It also examines the Nuremberg trials’ influence on the modern war crimes trials of tyrants like Slobodan Milosevic and Saddam Hussein.

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    The Judgment of Nuremberg, June 23, 2008
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    C. Sevilla (San Diego CA USA) –
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    This review is from: The Nuremberg Legacy: How the Nazi War Crimes Trials Changed the Course of History (Hardcover)

    This important book is an eye-witness account of the Nuremberg trials written by then journalist and now Judge Norbert Ehrenfreund. It is the type of book all should read: the young to learn of the legacy of this, history’s most important trial, and the old as a reminder of what occurred and its lessons. Truly, the past is prologue and the Trials gave the world meticulously documented evidence of Nazi atrocities and set forth a lasting moral/legal judgment that wars of aggression and the murder of innocents are world class crimes for which the wrongdoers will face the judgment of the civilized world. The relevance of the Trials, as the author convincingly proclaims, is as important today as when the Trials took place sixty years ago.

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    Inspiring, August 1, 2009
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    Luiz F. G. Ramos (Brazil) –
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    This review is from: The Nuremberg Legacy: How the Nazi War Crimes Trials Changed the Course of History (Hardcover)

    This book by Nobert Ehrenfreund provides a different view on this so well registered subject. The nuremberg trial has been reviewed dozens and dozens of times, but in this title, the acthor injects a creative approach: what is the MEANING of that episode for the time WE are living now? What happened in that particular moment that we can still perceive today.
    To answer that question, Ehrenfreund starts re-visiting his own stories as a U.S. soldier in the end of the Second World War and, after describing the most importante parts of the process – always using U.S. prosecutor Justice Robert Jackson as main character – he begins to show how the records and acts in nuremberg would contribute to the development of medical ethical codes; the debates about racism; the american future trials, as a valid precedent; the contribution to the advance in ‘human rights’ subjects; and some few other aspects – we can truly capture his emotions in his words.
    Maybe that’s the only ‘against’ I can point in this book – Sometimes you how to, despite how embracing the narrative is, to remember that there was other characters besides Jackson, othes witnesses besides Ehrenfreund, other countries besides U.S.A., and other concepts of ‘fairness’ and ‘justice’, besides american’s.

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