Researchers, jurists and film makers discussed on May 23rd and 24th, 2016 at the international conference “The 70th Anniversary of the Nuremberg Trials – Juridical, Political and Cultural Consequences” various aspects of the impact of the trials on international law, politics and society. Together with the Ghetto Fighters´ House and the University of Haifa FES-Israel welcomed the public and experts from Israel and abroad.
The Nuremberg Trials were held between November 20th, 1945 and October 1st, 1946. 22 central political and military leaders of the Nazi regime were tried by an international military tribunal. The trials were a milestone for the legal handling of war crimes and had a significant impact on international criminal law.
The conference itself reflected various aspects of the Nuremberg Trials and their relevance for the subsequent handling of “crimes against humanity”, international justice and the scientific analysis of the Holocaust. Judge of the Supreme Court in Israel Prof. Daphne Barak-Erez presented the processes as a watershed in the development of international criminal law and the dealing with war criminals. Sandra Schulberg showed the restored film version of the process documentation, originally made by her father Stuart Schulberg “Nuremberg: Its Lesson for Today” (1948). The significance of the Holocaust in the trials was discussed by Dr. Rivka Brot and Lior Inbar. The change in the handling of the Holocaust in the aftermath of the Nuremberg Trials was outlined by Prof. Deborah Lipstadt on the examples of the Eichmann Trial and a trial against David Irving in 1996.
Program of the International Academic Conference