The Nuremberg Trials

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The Nuremberg Trials

More than half a century has passed since the end of World War Two and to this day it is still difficult to fully understand the severity of what was by far the most destructive war in human history. More than sixty million people were killed during World War Two and more than half of those were innocent town’s people. Among the dead were over six million Jews, which was two thirds of the total living race in Europe at the time. Beyond these general statistics were thousands of stories of crimes committed against soldiers and civilians. These crimes against humanity included cases of prisoners of war being murdered, sent to concentration camps and abuse as well as harmless civilians being rounded up and
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Everybody sensed there was something horribly wrong with the system. I only wanted to keep my job.”(Roland 53, originally said by Hans Frank). I do not approve of this defense as Frank admitted that he knew that the mass killings of the Jews was wrong, but he still followed through with the executions that Hitler ordered. Hans stated he did this to keep his job, but he had the choice to disobey the orders and flee Germany. Instead, he decided to order out the killings of millions of innocent people. In the verdict Hans Frank was found guilty on counts three and four and was sentenced to death by hanging. Frank was a willing and knowing participant in the use of terrorism in Poland. He was a part of the economic exploitation of Poland, which led to the starvation and death of many people. He was responsible for the deportation of millions of Polish slave labourers and took part in the murder of at least three million Jews. The evidence shows that the judges made the correct sentencing, in my opinion, as Frank deserved to be put to death for all of his unthinkable crimes against humanity. No nation, race or person deserves to be put through this kind of cruelty and there is no justifiable reason for these actions. There were numerous unimaginable crimes committed during World War Two. Many of these unlawful acts would traumatize the survivors from the war for the remainder of their lives. Some of the top Nazi leaders such as Karl Doenitz and Albert Speer took


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