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The Betrayal: The Nuremberg Trials and German Divergence

Kim Christian Priemel


At the end of World War II the Allies faced a threefold challenge: how to punish perpetrators of appalling crimes for which the categories of ‘genocide’ and ‘crimes against humanity’ had to be coined; how to explain that these had been committed by Germany, of all nations; and how to reform Germans. The answer to this triple conundrum was the application of historical reasoning to legal procedure. In the Nuremberg trials held between 1945 and 1949, a concerted effort was made to punish key perpetrators while at the same time analysing the Nazi state and recounting German history. Building on a ... More

Keywords: war crimes trials, international criminal justice, Nazi Germany, transitional justice, the West, World War II, Cold War, intellectual history, legal history, international history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199669752
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199669752.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kim Christian Priemel, author
Dilthey Fellow, Humboldt University, Berlin