Reassessing the Nuremberg Military Tribunals: Transitional Justice, Trial Narratives, and Historiography

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Kim C. Priemel, Alexa Stiller
Berghahn Books, Aug 30, 2012 - History - 334 pages
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For decades the history of the US Military Tribunals at Nuremberg (NMT) has been eclipsed by the first Nuremberg trial-the International Military Tribunal or IMT. The dominant interpretation-neatly summarized in the ubiquitous formula of "Subsequent Trials"-ignores the unique historical and legal character of the NMT trials, which differed significantly from that of their predecessor. The NMT trials marked a decisive shift both in terms of analysis of the Third Reich and conceptualization of international criminal law. This volume is the first comprehensive examination of the NMT and brings together diverse perspectives from the fields of law, history, and political science, exploring the genesis, impact, and legacy of the twelve Military Tribunals held at Nuremberg between 1946 and 1949.

 

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Contents

Introduction Revising the Legacy of the Subsequent Trials
1
Chapter 1 The Trials of Robert Kempner
23
Chapter 2 A Judge a Prosecutor and a Mass Murderer
47
Chapter 3 Victims Witnesses and the Ethical Legacy of the Nuremberg Medical Trial
74
Chapter 4 Semantics of Extermination
104
Chapter 5 The SS as the Alibi of a Nation?
134
Chapter 6 Tales of Totalitarianism
161
Chapter 7 From Clean Hands to Vernichtungskrieg
194
Chapter 8 The Power of Images
221
Chapter 9 The Fate of Nuremberg
249
Chapter 10 From IMT to NMT
276
Select Bibliography
296
Notes on Contributors
306
Index
309
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Kim C. Priemel is Assistant Professor of History at Humboldt University Berlin, Germany.

Alexa Stiller is Research Associate at the Department of Modern History and Contemporary History, University of Berne, Switzerland.

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