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Nazi Crimes and the Law


  • Page extent: 238 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.52 kg


 (ISBN-13: 9780521899741)

This book examines the use of national and international law to prosecute Nazi crimes, the centerpiece of twentieth-century state-sponsored genocide and mass murder crimes, the paradigmatic instance of state-sponsored criminality and genocide in the twentieth century. In its various essays, the contributors reconstruct the historical historical setting of the crimes committed under the aegis of the Nazi regime and examine why postwar adjudication took place only within limits, within the national and international judicial forums responsible for prosecuting perpetrators. The topics discussed include the impact of the Nazi justice system on postwar justice, postwar legal proceedings against those who committed war crimes and genocide, the work of the Nuremberg tribunal and Allied trials, and judicial investigations and prosecutions in East Germany, West Germany, and Austria. They span the postwar period up to contemporary US legal efforts to deport Nazi criminals within its borders and libel trials against Holocaust denials in London and Canadian courts and libel suits brought by Holocaust deniers in British and Canadian courts.

• Essays cover many different aspects of the prosecution of Nazi war crimes • Discusses the long-term consequences of the Nazi justice system • Considers both national and international prosecution of Nazi war criminals


1. German law and Nazi crimes Henry Friedlander; 2. The setting and significance of the Nuremberg trials: a historian's perspective Gerhard Weinberg; 3. The American military commission trials of 1945 Patricia Heberer; 4. Punishing the excess: sadism, bureaucratized atrocity, and the US army concentration camp trials, 1945–7 Michael Bryant; 5. Perceptions and suppression of Nazi crimes by the postwar German judiciary Joachim Perels; 6. Getting away with murder: the Taubner case Dick de Mildt; 7. Cold war pressures and the German prosecution of Wehmacht war crimes: the case of Cephalonia, 1943 Natha Stotzfus; 8. The trials of Nazi war criminals in Austria Wilfried R. Garscha; 9. The German-German rivalry and the prosecution of Nazi war criminals during the cold war, 1958–65 Annette Weinke; 10. History in the courthouse: the presentation of World War II crimes in US courts 50 years later Elizabeth B. White; 11. Law, history, and Holocaust denial in the courtroom: the Zundel and Irving cases Christopher R. Browning.


Henry Friedlander, Gerhard Weinberg, Patricia Heberer, Michael Bryant, Joachim Perels, Dick de Mildt, Natha Stotzfus, Wilfried R. Garscha, Annette Weinke, Elizabeth B. White, Christopher R. Browning

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