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The Nuremberg Legacy: How the Nazi War Crimes Trials Changed the Course of History [Hardcover]

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Nuremberg : Infamy on Trial

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One author of the time was  G. M. Gilbert who wrote the book "Nuremberg diary". This was published in 1995. G.M. Gilbert was a prison psychologist during the Nuremberg trial. He was also the author of "The Psychology of Dictatorship". G. M. Gilbert contributed a inside look into these dictators and Nazis minds, giving powerful incite. He was also able to contribute his knowledge first hand.

Nuremberg : Infamy on Trial 

The book Nuremberg: Infamy on trail brings the important question “Dose it matter? [Talking about the trial]” to surface. The Author Joseph E. Persico brings a different viewpoint to surface. This book is a splendid addition to literature for young adult books. The book was rated 4.5 stars out of the possible 5 in The book can be purchased online and bookstores. A wonderful summery/review of the Nuremberg trials is displayed below…


“Persico offers not the history but the story of the trial of Nazi Germany's major war criminals. He is concerned less with legal issues and courtroom procedures than with a fundamental question: Did it all matter? His answer is mixed. While the tribunal's validity remains debatable, to demand perfection from the institutions of justice is to deny justice itself. Persico demonstrates that Nuremberg was not a kangaroo court; the defendants had their choice of attorneys and full access to the prosecution's documentation. If individual verdicts may be questioned, no saints or statesmen lost life or freedom. The trial demonstrated beyond question Nazi Germany's crimes and destroyed beyond hope any Nazi martyrology. Arguably, it helped lay the grounds for Germany's eventual democratic reconstruction. The Nuremberg proceedings may not have deterred later aggressors, but they at least established a precedent for law that supersedes national sovereignty. This well-written, well-researched volume belongs in all collections on World War II.”
D.E. Showalter, U.S. Air Force Acad., Colorado Springs
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title

The Nuremberg Legacy:


This is a great book for learning the history of the trials. The Nuremberg Legacy teaches "how the Nazi war crimes trials changed the course of history".  In this book the author displays how the trials still have an impact on are relations and courts today. The book also displays the concept that everyone deserves a fair and full herring.Amozon rated this book a 4.5 out of 5 stars. This book was written by Norbert Ehrenfreund. It is avalible on e-readers and The link to purchase this book is The Nuremberg legacy.  Some reviews of the book are displayed below…


"An effective history and study of the impact of such powerful procedures on the modern world" - Library Journal


"The Nuremberg trials hold many lessons in justice and human rights that resonate today. From his unique vantage point as an eyewitness to the trials and as a judge, Norbert Ehrenfreund sets out a clear warning about the direction our nation is taking but gives us hope with this refreshing new take on the founding principles of justice as we know it."--Senator Christopher J. Dodd

"Pertinent, thorough overview...a tremendous case for adhering to the Nuremberg legacy of fair treatment for even the most odious offenders. Students and young adults will especially value this accessible, personable work."--Kirkus

"Most Americans today don’t even know the difference between the Nuremberg laws (Nazi racist legislation enacted before WWII) and the Nuremberg principles (the rules that emerged from the trials of Nazi war criminals after WWII). This readable eyewitness account – combining fascinating anecdotes with brilliant insights – will educate and inspire. It is as relevant today, as we confront a new form of totalitarian terrorism and can only hope that we are able to bring its perpetrators to justice under the Nuremberg principle."--Alan M. Dershowitz, Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law, Harvard Law School


"Offers a compelling and original contribution to our understanding of the first international criminal tribunal in history."--William Aceves, California Western School of Law, San Diego

"Judge Ehrenfreund's book is distinguished by a combination of elegant writing and a deep understanding of the subject.  This is essential reading for anyone interested in Nuremberg."--Henry T. King, Jr., former Nuremberg prosecutor and author of The Two Worlds of Albert Speer




The Nuremberg War Crimes Trial, 1945-46: A Documentary History (The Bedford Series in History and Culture)


 This book was wrriten by Michael Marrus. The book shows a wonderful disciption of the Nuremberg trial. It has many facts, photos and primary documents included. It was rated a 4 out of 5 stars on amazon. This book can be purchesed at Amazon. com.


Nuremberg Diary

The book "Nuremberg Diary" is writtin by G. M. Gilbert. Who is mentioned above. This book revels the thoughts of the leaders in the holocost. He puts his snitific imput into this book. Giving first hand knowlage of the Nuremberg trials and there procedings. This book was rated a 4.5 out of 5 stars. The book can be purchesed on

A passage of the book is below and is copyrighted.(included in work cited page)





Poems that were writen during the time period of the Nuremberg trials and the holocaust, are shown below. The poems were all found at If you found any of these poems moving more can be provided at the same site.



by Marisa Bluestone 1994

But not really
A selected few

Cold eyes
Harsh hatred

Yellow stars
Unspoken voices

Unsettling future
Another pile

Without a chance

Torn apart
By a belief
Cast away
By neighbors

Not served

Taking charge
Innocent faces

The chance
To make it

Don't let
Them bury


by David Graham 1995

Europe's Young stir peacefully in sleep.
After praying to God for their souls to keep.
So tired after a sunny day of playing.
Now tucked to bed warm, after on knees, praying.

What a horrible thing - to awaken the next day.
To realize these things are now taken away.
Into ghettos they march - collective custody They lied.
And in the distance, Treblinka's mouth is opening wide.

Oh God in Heaven, show Us your great power!
Why must these little Ones plunge from Life's Tower?
To be rendered of their Souls by Treblinka's great might
In yellow sand they are buried - day and night.

Oh, Treblinka, Treblinka, Your jaws gape so wide -
The young lambs herd in, unaware of what's inside.
Run, little children...Run for your lives!
You've been brought to The Slaughterhouse - where no one survives.

It is easy to swallow these small ones whole -
Efficiently you render body from soul.
Straight from the trains - chased through your door...
As Warsaw is emptied, you strain for more.

Nothing stops you, Treblinka - hidden away in the woods.
As your yellow sand turns red with blood.
Is there anyone to stop this? Something must be done!
If You are not stopped, there will remain not one.

Treblinka you child-eater, your wheels spin and turn.
Your gears well-oiled, while the human soup is churned
A soup made of children who no longer run or play.
A bloody soup that is dumped into yellow sand and clay.

Dig pits in the sand - hidden beyond the trees -
Treblinka exists only if no one sees.
Covered over by Them, so that none would see The Place.
To hide what was done - there is scarecly a trace.

The Satanic Nazis smile, beckon & beguile.
Why - it is not so hard to fool a young child!
Could God really be giving these young ones up to die?
Innocent teary eyes look to their parents & say "G'Bye"

It would have been better had there never been a birth.
For these innocent eyes will never see life's worth.
Fate has chosen these little ones to die.
Many today still ask, "Why?"

We think it's all over - " is done, it is past"
We want to believe the children screamed their last.
But listen close, and you will hear the sound,
Of Treblinka's faint heartbeat, below the yellow ground.

In our weakness we call the madmen Them and They.
Are our souls so different & brave - that we'd have stood in the way?
So exalt not my friend, in a self-glorified stand....
For Treblinka sprang forth from the heart and mind of Man.


The Dream

by Trish McAllister

She prepares the table, the colors are so bright!
Her daughter will be so surprised, delighted.
This will be her first party.
What fun!
Six is a wonderful age....

I shiver in the cold,
My stomach aches with hunger.
I stare at my children as they sit lethargically.
They used to play with such abandon.
Now their eyes - so hollow. No more tears.

She serves the cake,
Laughs as her birthday girl
Tries to blow out candles that won't extinguish.
How carefree, and happy
She never thinks of her freedom. It just is.

My skin feels dry and clammy, all at once.
Fear is my constant companion.
How grateful I'd be,
To give myself over to The Monsters,
If only my little ones were spared.

The children bang on the table
Anxious for their piece.
Anxious to move on to games and the clown!
Precious and loved
They are so cared for, spoiled, revered.

The banging on the door -
My heart stops.
(Oh how I wish it would!)
Are the camps as bad as they say??
They couldn't hurt the children!!

She wakes up to the pounding.
The dream of parties and running and laughing
Is over.
Her children cling to her, roughly pushed
Toward the train, toward the end.

I wake up with the sun
It was just a nightmare.
Now I have a party to prepare for
But a tear falls - for her.
I am her. She is me.

Wake up.

What I Don't Know
by Ruth Dykstra 1999

What you don't know can't hurt, they say.
I disagree.
Did they know?
How awful, how hateful?
The ghettos, the camps, the chamber, the stars?
That made you feel, so different, so sad.
As if, you weren't human, anymore.
The lives taken, those spared,
Will be changed forever.
Those that saw and then, saw no more,
Those that saw again and again.
Those forced to leave,
Those forced to stay,
Those forced to be somewhere in the middle.
There was no way out, no escape.
Only to live,
Only to die.

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