The Trial of the Germans: An Account of the Twenty-Two Defendants Before the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg

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The "definitive one-volume study of Nuremberg," The Trial of the Germans is now available in paperback. An astute observer of the Nuremberg trial, Eugene Davidson has struggled with the issues it raised: Was it a necessary response to the heinous crimes of the Third Reich? How were Germany and the Germans capable of such extraordinary evil? Was the trial just, given the claims that the defendants were simply serving their country, doing as they had been told to do? And if not just, was it nonetheless necessary as...

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Overview

The "definitive one-volume study of Nuremberg," The Trial of the Germans is now available in paperback. An astute observer of the Nuremberg trial, Eugene Davidson has struggled with the issues it raised: Was it a necessary response to the heinous crimes of the Third Reich? How were Germany and the Germans capable of such extraordinary evil? Was the trial just, given the claims that the defendants were simply serving their country, doing as they had been told to do? And if not just, was it nonetheless necessary as a warning to prevent future crimes against humanity? Davidson's approach to these and other large questions of justice is made through examination of each of the defendants in the trial. His reluctant, but firm, conclusion is: "In a world of mixed human affairs where a rough justice is done that is better than lynching or being shot out of hand, Nuremberg may be defended as a political event if not as a court." Some sentences may have seemed too severe, but none was harsher than the punishments meted out to innocent people by the regime these men served. "In a certain sense," says Davidson, "the trial succeeded in doing what judicial proceedings are supposed to do: it convinced even the guilty that the verdict against them was just."

Faulty as the trial was from the legal point of view, a catharsis of the pent-up emotions of millions of people had to be provided and a record of what had taken place duly preserved for whatever use later generations would make of it.

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Editorial Reviews

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"The [Nuremberg] trial has never been reviewed with the scholarship, the thoroughness, and the advantages of hindsight that Eugene Davidson now brings to it in this absorbing and important book. . . . More than an analysis of the trial . . . [the biographies] build into a total picture of Nazi Germany. . . . A major contribution to history and to understanding."—Walter Millis

"Well researched and compelling."—Boston Globe

"As complete a study as one could hope to have . . . will not be easily dislodged from its high position of authoritative testimony."—Chicago Tribune

"A masterly, detailed study of the defendants and their prosecutors at Nuremberg. . . . It raises disturbing questions and provides even more disturbing answers."—Detroit Free Press

"A study of the individual defendants and their innocence or guilt . . . fascinating . . . vastly superior in scholarship and detail."—St. Louis Globe-Democrat

"The presentation is scholarly, well-organized, smoothly written. The pen portraits, sketched in acid, are sharp and illuminating."—L. L. Snyder, Saturday Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826211392
  • Publisher: University of Missouri Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1997
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 637
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Eugene Davidson, who lives in Santa Barbara, California, is on President Emeritus of the Conference on European Problems and former President of the Foundation for Foreign Affairs.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1 In the Palace of Justice 1
2 The Core of the Conspiracy 39
Julius Streicher 39
3 The Number-Two Man 59
Hermann Wilhelm Goering 59
4 The Party in Action and Theory 99
Martin Bormann 99
Rudolf Hess 109
Alfred Rosenberg 125
5 The Diplomats 147
Joachim von Ribbentrop 147
Constantin von Neurath 167
Franz von Papen 176
6 The Party and Big Business 222
Hjalmar Schacht 222
Walther Emanuel Funk 245
7 The Law 260
Wilhelm Frick 260
8 The Youth Leader 283
Baldur von Schirach 283
9 The Party, the Police Forces, and the Army 310
Ernst Kaltenbrunner 315
Wilhelm Keitel 328
Alfred Jodl 342
10 The Navy 368
Erich Raeder 368
Karl Doenitz 392
11 The Proconsuls 427
Hans Frank 427
Artur Seyss-Inquart 446
12 The War Plant and Forced Labor 483
Albert Speer 483
Fritz Sauckel 504
13 The Propagandist 525
"This is Hans Fritzsche" 525
14 The Organizations 553
15 Two Decades Later 580
Bibliography 595
Index 619
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