This outline provides a comprehensive examination of the Nuremberg Trials, and can be used to address issues raised in the Judgment and Justice chapter of Holocaust and Human Behavior. Readings from the resource book are accompanied by selected websites and videos.
The Nuremberg trials, held from 1945 to 1949, were a galvanizing moment in history, international law, and human rights. The documentary Nuremberg Remembered combines archival footage and modern-day interviews with trial participants who served in a variety of roles, including members of the legal team for the prosecution and a journalist reporting on the events for the press. Some of these people include Sally Falk Moore, Ernest Michel, Bernard Meltzer, Benjamin Ferencz, and Richard Sonnenfeldt.
This lesson is designed to accompany the 12-minute documentary Nuremberg Remembered. Using this lesson along with the documentary will introduce teachers and their students to the essential questions of guilt, judgment and responsibility that were initially posed at the end of World War II and continue to be raised in the twenty-first century.