Nuremberg: Nazis on Trial

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A three part 2006 documentary series by the BBC which uses dramatization to re-enact the Nuremberg War Trials of three senior Nazi’s, intertwining docudrama with new interviews and archive footage of the real trials. The series consists of three one-hour long episodes, one each for the trials of Albert Speer, Hermann Goering, and Rudolf Hess. The three films were commissioned by the BBC to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the trials, it was later broadcast in 2015 by an American television channel with the alternative title Nuremberg: Nazi Judgement Day.

Episode 1: Albert Speer

The first episode focuses on the trial of Albert Speer, the German architect who served for most of the second world war as Reich Minister of Armaments and War Production. Speer famously apologised during the Nuremberg trials for his role in the Nazi regime, although he denied any knowledge of the holocaust. Speer was sentenced to 20 years in prison and served the entire sentence, upon his release he authored two autobiographies.

Episode 2: Hermann Goering

Hermann Goering was the second most powerful figure in the Nazi Party and served as Minister Without Portfolio after Adolf Hitler became Chancellor of Germany in 1933, one of his first acts was to oversee the creation of the Gestapo. He was later made Commander-in-Chief of the Luftwaffe. He was convicted of war crimes and crimes against humanity at the Nuremberg trials and sentenced to death by hanging, but committed suicide by ingesting cyanide the night before the hanging was due to be carried out.

Episode 3: Rudolf Hess

The third and final episode focuses on the trial of Rudolf Hess, a prominent Nazi politician who from 1933 to 1941 served as Deputy Führer to Adolf Hitler. In 1941 he flew solo to Scotland in an attempt to negotiate peace with the British but was taken prisoner, he was sentenced to serve life in prison and later committed suicide. He was the third most powerful figure in German politics and signed into law much of the legislation which stripped Jewish people of their rights in the lead up to the holocaust.

BOOK

To learn more about the Nuremberg trials consider purchasing Paul Roland’s bestselling 2o12 book The Nuremberg Trials: The Nazis and Their Crimes Against Humanity, available to purchase in paperback, hardback, kindle and audiobook formats.

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