Atrocities on Trial Historical Perspectives on the Politics of Prosecuting War Crimes

ISBN-10: 0803210841

ISBN-13: 9780803210844

Edition: 2008

Authors: Patricia Heberer, J�rgen Matth�us, Michael R. Marrus

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Since the Nuremberg trials following World War II, there has been considerable debate about the nature and effects of war crimes with regard both to the Nazis and to modern-day perpetrators. What constitutes a “war crime,” and how has the concept changed over time? How do victors and vanquished deal with crimes that have universal as well as national dimensions? How is the historical reality of war crimes related to their judicial treatment? How are perpetrators portrayed during investigations and trials? nbsp; These timely and provocative essays make use of newly available archival sources and a wide range of case studies to provide in-depth analyses of war crimes within a broad historical framework. The essays are organized into four sections: the history of war-crime trials from Weimar Germany to just after World War II; the sometimes diverging Allied efforts to come to terms with the Nazi concentration camp system; the ability of postwar society to confront war crimes of the past; and the legacy of war-crime trials in the twenty-first century.Atrocities on Trialilluminates a dark and timely subject and helps us to understand the ongoing struggle to hold accountable those who perpetrate crimes against humanity.
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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Publication date: 4/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 360
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Patricia Heberer is a historian with the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. She is the museum’s in-house specialist on medical crimes and eugenics policies in Nazi Germany.nbsp; nbsp; Jürgen Matthäus is the director for applied research at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. He is the coeditor ofContemporary Responses to the Holocaustand a contributor to Christopher R. Browning’sThe Origins of the Final Solution: The Evolution of Nazi Jewish Policy, September 1939–March 1942(Nebraska 2004).nbsp; nbsp; Contributors include: Donald Bloxham, Jonathan Friedman, Richard J. Golsan, Patricia Heberer, Michael R. Marrus, Jürgen Matthäus, John K. Roth, Ulf Schmidt, Rebecca Wittmann, and Lisa Yavnai.

Foreword
Introduction: War Crimes Trials and the Historian
Precedents in Punishment
The Lessons of Leipzig: Punishing German War Criminals after the First World War
Early Postwar Justice in the American Zone: The "Hadamar Murder Factory" Trial
U.S. Army War Crimes Trials in Germany, 1945-1947
Allied Courts and German Crimes in the Context of Nuremberg
Law and Politics in the Subsequent Nuremberg Trials, 1946-1949
The Nuremberg Doctors' Trial and the Limitations of Context
"The Scars of Ravensbruck": Medical Experiments and British War Crimes Policy, 1945-1950
The Sachsenhausen Trials: War Crimes Prosecution in the Soviet Occupation Zone and in West and East Germany
Postwar Society and the Nazi Past
"No Ordinary Criminal": Georg Heuser, Other Mass Murderers, and West German Justice
Tainted Law: The West German Judiciary and the Prosecution of Nazi War Criminals
Justice in Austrian Courts?: The Case of Josef W. and Austria's Difficult Relationship with Its Past
Current Aspects and Implications
Crimes-against-Humanity Trials in France and Their Historical and Legal Contexts: A Retrospective Look
Milestones and Mythologies: The Impact of Nuremberg
Prosecution, Condemnation, and Punishment: Ethical Implications of Atrocities on Trial
Selected Bibliography
Contributors
Index
Tables
British War Crimes Investigators Examining the Ravensbruck Concentration Camp
Nuremberg Medical Trial Defendants Originally Assigned to the British Medical War Crime Trial as Part of the Hohenlychen Group
Victims of Medical Experiments Carried Out in the Ravensbruck Concentration Camp
Members of the Court in Ravensbruck Trial No. 1
Outcome of Ravensbruck Trial No. 1
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