Nuremberg: Its Lesson For Today (1948)
19 April 2010
One of the greatest courtroom dramas in history, NUREMBERG shows how the international prosecutors built their case against the top Nazi war criminals using the Nazis' own films and records. These films were found and edited for presentation in the Nuremberg courtroom by a special OSS War Crimes team that was part of John Ford's larger Field Photographic Branch. The trial established the "Nuremberg principles" -- the foundation for all subsequent trials for crimes against the peace, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. Though shown in Germany as part of the Allies' denazification campaign in 1948 and 1949, US officials decided not to release NUREMBERG to US theaters, nor was it shown in any other country. Over the years, the picture negative was lost or destroyed. Sandra Schulberg & Josh Waletzky's restoration uses original audio from the trial, allowing you to hear the defendants' and prosecutors' voices for the first time. The film ends with Justice Robert H. Jackson's stirring words -- "Let Nuremberg stand as a warning to all who plan and wage aggressive war" -- words which leap the decades and make NUREMBERG startlingly contemporary. For more information: www.nurembergfilm.org
Additional information is being sought about the officers and secretaries who served in the OSS Field Photo Branch, based in the South Agriculture building in Washington, DC, and about the men and women assigned to its War Crimes unit and sent to Germany to locate and prepare film evidence for the Nuremberg trial between June and December 1945. Please contact SSchulberg@aol.com.