Individual Allied Trials in Germany

Already before the IMT, the allied nations staged various show trials in Germany to “establish facts” which were later used during the IMT to cement the claimed “truth” about German war crimes. These trials also continued during and after the IMT. (Not included here are the U.S.-conducted NMTs; see the previous entry for this.) Contributions in the present section deal with those individual trials, such as, for instance, the infamous U.S.-conducted Dachau trials, the Belsen trial, the trial against Bruno Tesch et al., etc.

Whitewashing the Dachau Show Trials

The book Unsung Heroes of the Dachau Trials deals with the young Americans who were responsible for gathering evidence, interviewing witnesses, apprehending suspects and securing convictions in trials held at Dachau conducted by the U.S. Army after WWII. This article discusses some of the mistakes and misunderstandings made by the author and the members of the 7708 War Crimes Group interviewed in this book.

The Mauthausen Trial: A Disgrace to American Justice

The Mauthausen trial began on March 29, 1946 and ended on May 13, 1946. It was among the biggest and most-important of the Dachau trials, proceeding against 61 defendants, including camp personnel, prisoner functionaries and civilian workers. The Mauthausen trial is noteworthy in that it produced more death sentences than any other trial in American history. This article will document the extreme unfairness and injustice of the Mauthausen trial.

Medical Experimentation at Dachau

The onset and escalation of World War II provided the rationale for most of Germany’s illegal human medical experimentation. Animal experimentation was known to be a poor substitute for experiments on humans. Since only analogous inferences could be drawn from animal experiments, the use of human experimentation during the war was deemed necessary to help…

Aspects of the Tesch Trial

“I do not feel guilty. I did my duty working from morning ’til night for my country, just as the English would work for their country.” —Bruno Tesch, interrogation of September 26, 1945 “It is an official duty of humanity to exterminate vermin.” —Bruno Tesch, interrogation of September 26, 1945 In March 1946, Bruno Tesch,…

Defending the Defenseless

Despite the Germanophobia that was drummed up even prior to the USA’s 1941 entry into the war against Germany, the immediate aftermath saw a significant reaction of Americans to war crimes and post-war genocidal policies that were being inflicted on Germany. Several salient factors for this include: (1) the large component of the American population…

The Injustice of Conspiracy Accusations in War Crimes Trials

In war crimes trials, “conspiracy”, “design”, and “plan”, are used sometimes synonymously, and sometimes not. The doctrine of conspiracy was borrowed from American state and lower Federal Court decisions, particularly Marino v. US, 91 Fed. 2d. 691, Circuit Court of Appeals. The rest of the world, of course, was not placed on notice to obey…

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