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German president urges honoring ‘legacy’ of Nuremberg trials on 75th anniversary

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21.11.2020

BERLIN (AFP) — Seventy-five years after the Nuremberg trials, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Friday urged the world to honor “the legacy” of the landmark proceedings that gave birth to international criminal law — calling out the United States in particular.

A small commemorative event, scaled down because of coronavirus restrictions, was held in courtroom 600 at Nuremberg’s Palace of Justice, where the infamous trials of senior Nazi officials opened on November 20, 1945.

“In November 1945, Nuremberg was in ruins. Many German cities were in ruins. Our country had been morally and physically razed to the ground,” Steinmeier said.

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“But here, in this very room, while the rubble was being cleared away outside, the four victorious powers of World War II laid the foundation for the legal order of a new world.”

Nazis in the dock

In the first trial, 21 high-ranking representatives of the Nazi party appeared in the dock to face questions from the four Allied powers — the US, Soviet Union, Britain and France.

They included many of the highest-ranking Nazi officials aside from Adolf Hitler, Joseph Goebbels and Heinrich Himmler, all of whom had died by suicide. This 1945 file picture shows the interior view of the........

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