Friday, September 30, 2011

On September 30

On this day in ...
... 1946 (65 years ago today), as depicted above, Sir Geoffrey Lawrence, the Briton who served as President, or chief judge, of the International Military Tribunal convened a year earlier at the Palace of Justice at Nuremberg, Germany, began reading aloud the Judgment in the Trial of the Major War Criminals. (credit for video clip, courtesy of the Robert H. Jackson Center) The task would consume that day and the next, with all 8 judges, regular and alternate, taking turns. When it was done, all but 3 of the 22 persons tried were convicted of international crimes, and just over half those convicted were sentenced to death.

(Prior September 30 posts are here, here, and here, and here.)

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