Is propaganda a crime? Well, we think it is – in a moral sense – if it has a severe, detrimental impact on the peaceful coexistence of nations or ethnic groups. Here are papers addressing this issue.

Film as witness: screening “Nazi Concentration Camps” before the Nuremberg Tribunal

Introduction: Film as Witness and The Problem of Representation[1] November 20, 1995, marks the fiftieth anniversary of the beginning of the most unusual judicial proceedings of the century, the Nuremberg war crimes trials. After a day devoted to entering die indictment and the pleas, Robert H. Jackson, a sitting Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court…

Allied Atrocities: “Intelligence Reports indicate clearly that all of our propaganda efforts to instill a sense of collective guilt have fallen flat.”

[About the expulsion of the Germans from the East] A flight of bad conscience? Another argument which is frequently heard is that Germans fled out of feelings of guilt, anticipating Red Army vengeance for the crimes committed by the Nazis in the Soviet Union. Of course, a number of functionaries knew about the crimes of…

Made in Russia: The Holocaust

© Historical Review Press, 1988 Introduction War crimes trials are characterized by the assumption that rules of evidence are a technicality designed to enable the guilty to evade punishment. In fact, however, their purpose is to protect tribunals from errors in judgement. Centuries ago, it was common to prosecute women for performing sexual acts with…

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