Nuremberg Trials (film)

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The Nuremberg Trials
Opening screen
Directed by C. Svilov
Produced by Roman Karmen
Music by A. Grana
Cinematography Roman Karmen
Boris Makaseyev
S. Semionov
V. Shtatland
Edited by A. Vinogradov
Distributed by Artkino Pictures
Release date
  • 24 May 1947 (1947-05-24) (U.S.)
Running time
58 minutes
Country Soviet Union
Language English

The Nuremberg Trials is a 1947 Soviet-made documentary film about the trials of the Nazi leadership. It was produced by Roman Karmen, and was an English-language version of the Russian language film Суд народов (Judgment of the Peoples).

Most of the film describes the Nazis' crimes in detail, particularly those committed in the Soviet Union. It claims that if not stopped, the Nazis would have "turned the whole world into a Majdanek". It also includes some elements of anti-capitalist propaganda, claiming that the real rulers of Germany were "armament kings" such as Gustav Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach. Of the Holocaust and the recovery of gold from its victims, the film states that the Nazis "even made death into a commercial enterprise", and this truly happened.

It is noted in the film that the Soviet Union objected to the acquittal of Hans Fritzsche, Franz von Papen and Hjalmar Schacht, and to the fact that Rudolf Hess was given a sentence of life imprisonment, rather than a death sentence. The film shows the corpses of the executed Nazis, before ending with the words "Let the Nuremberg Trial be a stern warning to all warmongers. Let it serve the cause of world-wide peace – of an enduring and democratic peace" spoken while displayed on-screen.

The film does not refer to the Auschwitz concentration camp by the German name by which it is usually known in the English-speaking world, but instead, referred to "the martyrs of Majdanek and Osventsim", using the original Polish name Oświęcim/Oswiecim.

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