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The Nuremberg Trials and International Law

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William Meinecke, Ph.D.
1 Hour 21 Minutes
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In the trial of Nazi war criminals after World War II, the victorious Allied powers saw the enormous criminality of the German occupation regime and its collaborators across Europe: the murder of millions of unarmed, innocent civilians for ideological reasons. The sheer scale of the crimes raised the question: what to do about Nazi war criminals? Using a prosecutorial lens, the program, “The Nuremberg Trials and International Law” will examine the challenge around the prosecution of Nazi war criminals following the defeat of Nazi Germany in 1945, the international agreements used to identify and prosecute Nazi war criminals and reestablish the rule of law in Germany as well as the contribution of the trials to international law since 1945.



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U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

William Frederick Meinecke Jr. is a historian at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. He received his undergraduate degree in German and History from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, in 1983. He attended the Universities of Bonn and Berlin in Germany and received his MA (1988) and PhD (1998) in history from the University of Maryland at College Park. The title of his dissertation was Conflicting Loyalties: The Supreme Court in Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918–1945. In 1992, Dr. Meinecke joined the staff of the Museum’s Wexner Learning Center to help design a multimedia program on the Holocaust, the Historical Atlas of the Holocaust (book and CD-ROM), and a website for students. Since 2000, Dr. Meinecke has worked with law enforcement officers, judges, prosecutors, and attorneys in the Museum’s Law, Justice, and the Holocaust training program. His book, Nazi Ideology and the Holocaust, was published by the Museum in December 2007.