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Judgement at Nuremberg

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Episodes of orchestrated travesty or what is called miscarriage of justice resulting in sending victims to jail or to gallows on trumped up charges are not new phenomena to be surprised with. There had been instances in history where judicial system of the states were manipulated by governments of the time both in democracies and dictatorships. Such manipulation was also witnessed during Hitler’s regime in Germany. But normally it is quite difficult for a layman to understand if the judges under the so-called government dispensation are working with independence or under duress.

Recently, while travelling to Frankfurt during winter break, I had a chance to stop at Nuremberg and visit the Trial Courthouse where judges who served during the Nazi Germany were put on trial. It was a watershed moment in International Law being the first time such a trial was conducted for the ones who committed war crimes or were involved in any sort of crime either directly or indirectly. Many leaders of the Third Reich were tried while many committed suicide, fearing severe punishments.

Today, many consider the trials as “an act of the winning side” rather than the trial of mass murderers who participated in the state sponsored persecution and murder of six million Jews........

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