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American Experience
Nuremberg Trials, The
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Premiered October 1988 As television's longest-running, most-watched history series, American Experience brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that helped form this nation. Now in its eighteenth season, the series has produced over 180 programs and garnered every major broadcast award. Series release date: 10/1988

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On November 20, 1945, the 22 surviving representatives of the Nazi elite stood before an international military tribunal at the Palace of Justice in Nuremberg, Germany, where they were charged with the systematic murder of millions of people. The ensuing trial pitted U.S. Chief Prosecutor and Supreme Court Judge Robert Jackson against Hermann Goering, the former head of the Nazi air force. Jackson hoped that the trial would make a statement that crimes against humanity would never again go unpunished. Proving the guilt of the defendants, however, was more difficult than Jackson had anticipated. This production draws upon rare archival material and eyewitness accounts to recreate the dramatic tribunal that defined trial procedure for state criminals to this day.



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Chicago: “American Experience; Nuremberg Trials, The,” 01/24/2006, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed April 23, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_53184CDCD3554C87A4FA8CCF7E8B30FF.
MLA: “American Experience; Nuremberg Trials, The.” 01/24/2006. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. April 23, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_53184CDCD3554C87A4FA8CCF7E8B30FF>.
APA: American Experience; Nuremberg Trials, The. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_53184CDCD3554C87A4FA8CCF7E8B30FF
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