Nuremberg, Germany: International Military Tribunal, 1945-08-30
Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Law Library
Subdivision 63 / News Reports and Editorial Comments on Trials
63.01 (Telegram #8884)
Goering; Hess; Ribbentrop; Schacht; von Brauchitsch
31 August 1945
This document is a typewritten copy of a telegram that summarizes and briefly quotes from the editorial commentaries of four British newspapers on the published list of German war criminals. Most notably, one excerpt recognizes the precedent that is being set for prosecuting the leaders of a defeated nation for having broken treaties and started a war. Another excerpt cites the expectation of the general public that the trials will be "of such a nature as to rob the criminals of any romantic glamour which might poison the minds of the Germans of the next generation" (p.2). A third excerpt registers a concern about whether the "broad definitions [of Crimes Against the Peace, War Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity, and Crimes Committed in Defiance of the Kellogg Pact] can be brought within the meticulous range of legal standards, at least as the Western democracies know them" (pp.2-3). The correspondent himself questions the standing of the German generals, wondering if they were "merely stooges in the hands of their political masters" (p. 3). The print quality is good and the paper stable.