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Germany marks 75th year of Nuremberg trials

Germany marks on Friday the 75th anniversary of the start of the Nuremberg trials, the watershed series of military tribunals intended to bring senior Nazi officials to justice.

A small commemorative event, scaled down because of coronavirus restrictions, will be held in courtroom 600 at the city’s Palace of Justice, where the infamous trials opened on November 20, 1945.

Witnesses, politicians and experts will speak in video messages at the event, which kicks off a series of commemorations including a poetry competition, art exhibition and readings later in the year.

There will also be a speech from President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, coming as Germany faces a rise in both far-right extremism and anti-Semitism.

The Nuremberg trials marked the first time in history that leading representatives of a state were made to answer for their crimes before an international court.

In the first trial, 21 high-ranking representatives of the Nazi party appeared in the dock to face questions from the four Allied powers—the US, Soviet Union, Britain and France.

They included many of the highest-ranking Nazi officials aside from Adolf Hitler, Joseph Goebbels and Heinrich Himmler, all of whom had committed suicide.

Topics: Germany , Nuremberg , Nazi , Frank-Walter Steinmeier , Adolf Hitler , Joseph Goebbels , Heinrich Himmler
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