Owen, James.


1st ed., 2006. 376 pp., photo-plates. D.j., 24 x 15cm. FINE. Between November 1945 and October 1946, 21 Nazi leaders took the stand in Nuremberg. They had committed atrocities that had appalled the world, and at an unprecedented international trial the world was determined to see justice done. This book gives the inside view of 'the greatest trial in history'. It relates its dramatic events through a judicious selection of the actual words spoken by the prosecutors, judges, and the defendants, including Goering and Hess, and offers the most authentic insight into the workings of the Nazi state, the mind-set of its rulers, and the momentous decisions they made, from the invasion of the Soviet Union to the implementation of the Holocaust. Few are aware of the full story behind the trials, one involving political compromise and ineptitude by the Allied legal teams as well as the first prosecution for genocide. This penetrating account raises issues as vital now as they were just over seventy years ago.

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