Nuremberg: Its Lesson for Today
Film Screening followed by discussion with Sandra Schulberg, Restoration Producer
Wednesday, November 30, 6:10 p.m.
Yale Law School, room 127
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. 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’ de-Nazification campaign, US officials decided not to release Nuremberg in America for political reasons, nor was it shown in any other country. Over the years, the picture negative and sound elements were lost or destroyed. Sandra Schulberg & Josh Waletzky’s restoration faithfully reproduced the original film in its entirety; and original audio from the trial allows audiences 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 that leap the decades and make Nuremberg startlingly contemporary.
Sponsored by the European Studies Council, Film Studies Program, Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Genocide Studies Program, Lillian Goldman Law Library and Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights