After Germany’s defeat in WWII, the Nuremberg and later trials were organized primarily for political purposes rather than to dispense impartial justice. Wears War brings to you quotes from the many fine men and women who were openly appalled by the trials. All of these people were highly respected and prominent in their field, at least until they spoke out against the trials.
A French author of more than 22 books, he was in the French diplomatic service, 1931-1940, 1943-1945, 1962-1966.
“There are no war crimes. The crime is the war! This was already obvious after World War I when the Netherlands, where the former Kaiser Wilhelm II had taken refuge, refused to surrender him to the Allies. During this war, while the Allies were contending that they were defending civilization, Lloyd-George had proclaimed that the Kaiser would be shown through the United Kingdom in an iron cage! Later, the Supreme Court of Leipzig acquitted the German chiefs who had been singled out as war criminals. The only evident crimes during a war are those committed against civilians…
The fundamental aim of the Soviets, at the end of the last war [World War II], was to single out war criminals. They knew they were deepening the cleavage between the Occidental powers that the war had separated. This led to the Nuremberg trials…there were no war criminals among the mass of German generals and admirals. They were responsible only for having lost the war. Vae Victis. The only real justification of a war is to be the winner! If the Japanese had won the war, under the same principle they would have attempted to hang those in America who were responsible for the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.
The exaggerations of the Nuremberg Tribunal were proved by the prosecution of Gustav Krupp, whose sole responsibility was to have manufactured war weapons. How can one justify today the life imprisonment of Rudolf Hess, who sought to put an end to the war? And the execution of Field Marshal Keitel, who signed the Armistice of May 1945? The ten-year imprisonment of Grand Admiral Doenitz was a flagrant injustice. And the present effort of Keith Thompson and many other fair Americans to get the historical record straight in the troubled world of today, compels my personal esteem and admiration. I think this feeling should be shared by all those who still believe in ‘historic’ justice.”
From the book Doenitz at Nuremberg: A Re-Appraisal edited by H. K. Thompson, Jr. and Henry Strutz, 2nd edition, Torrance, CA: Institute for Historical Review, 1993.
For new readers and followers of WearsWar, I’d like to highlight a sample of the notable men and women we have cited in prior Nuremberg Farce Quotes:
- President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s brother, an attorney, not only condemned the Nuremberg ‘trials’ but also Adolf Eichmann’s trial.
- Rear Admiral Dan Vincent Gallery who stated:
“This kangaroo court at Nuremberg was officially known as the “International Military Tribunal.” That name is a libel on the military profession. The tribunal was not a military one in any sense. The only military men among the judges were the Russians. Some military titles are listed on the staffs of the secretariat and prosecuting counsel, but these belong to a lot of lawyers temporarily masquerading in uniform as military men.
Nuremberg was, in fact, a lawyer’s tribunal, although I can readily understand why the legal profession is ashamed to claim it, and deliberately stuck a false label on it.”
- Warren Buffet’s father not only condemned the stupidity of the Nuremberg ‘Trials’, but also “the horrendous demand for Unconditional Surrender.”
- Field Marshal Lord Montgomery & Indian Jurist Rahabinode Pal on the hypocrisy of the International Military Tribunal.
As Churchill famously stated in the late 1940’s.
“History will be kind to me because I intend to write it.”
Not only was history written by the victors of WWII, it was enforced by the Nuremberg ‘Trials’.