November 20, 1945: The Nuremberg Trials of Nazi War Criminals Begin
November 20, 1945: The Nuremberg Trials of Nazi War Criminals Begin | The Nation
“One can’t help feeling that in a way the tribunal is trying the bulb and not the light, an empty cartridge and not the exploisive that fired.”
On this day in 1945, the Nuremberg trials began. In a brief editorial comment in this same issue, The Nation argued that the trials featured “the trappings of legality with little of its essence.”
Two weeks later in The Nation, the German-born Jewish science-fiction writer Peter de Mendelssohn wrote about the trials and the men who were being tried.