Jan Meisels Allen
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) has made digital access to the full sound recordings to the public of the War Crimes Proceedings of the International Military tribunal known as the Nuremberg Trials for the 75th Anniversary of the trials. The collection consists of 1,942 gramophone discs holding 775 hours of hearings and 37 reels of film used as evidence in the trials.
The sound content can be found here:
The film can be found here:
This availability is due to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the Hague, Netherlands, the custodian of the original International Military Tribunal granting permission to the USHMM to make them available for the 75th anniversary of the start of the trials.
“The Nuremberg Trials mark the first time that an international court indicted defendants for perpetrating war crimes and crimes against humanity,” says Dr. Rebecca Boehling, Director of the National Institute for Holocaust Documentation, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. “The 24 major Nazi officials indicted by the Allied victors--with American, British, French and Soviet judges presiding over the IMT-- represent only a tiny fraction of the perpetrators. Yet the Nuremberg trials documented in a court of law with international press coverage the historical truth of the Holocaust and other Nazi crimes. The IMT Proceedings set lasting legal precedents that nations have a duty to protect civilians from atrocities and to punish those who commit them. Putting this important historical documentation online to view and to listen to is part of our ongoing efforts to digitize and make accessible the evidence of the Holocaust.”
The USHMM, the Mémorial de la Shoah in Paris, and the ICJ collaborated to digitize the recordings, a process which took two years and was the culmination of the ICJ’s broader project, initiated in the early 2000s, to digitize the entire IMT archives.
More information on the IMT archives at the ICJ is available at:
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Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee