You will always reap what you sow. That is a proven spiritual law.
That would be the judgement at the Nuremberg Trials in Nuremberg, Germany.
Upon the glorious defeat of the Germans the Allied Forces had captured and retained some of the Nazi leaders and conspirators of the crimes against humanity during World War II.
From November of 1945 to October of 1946, 24 of the high ranking brute beast Nazi officials would stand trial.
Residing over the trials was the International Military Tribunal.
The IMT was a panel of 8 judges, 2 each from the four Allied powers(United States, Great Britain, the Soviet Union, and France).
One judge from each country actively presided at the trials while the other four watched as alternates.
The defendants were given a fair trial and were innocent until proven guilty beyond reasonable doubt. Each defendant was able to have his own attorney.
The goal of the Allied Powers selected prosecutors was to seek a conviction for four counts of criminal complaints:
- Crimes against peace
- War crimes
- Crimes against humanity (Genocide)
The whole world would be watching and awaiting the verdict and justice of these trials.
Jackson was the chief prosecutor during the Nuremberg trials that used the Nazis own written documents to convict them rather than eyewitness accounts to protect the trial from being accused as biased.
The evidence that the prosecution had collected where items such as original military, diplomatic, government files of the Nazis that were apprehended by the Allied Powers after Germany was defeated.
Justice Jackson is also known for his famous opening remarks of the Nuremberg trials:
The wrongs which we seek to condemn and punish have been so calculated, so malignant, and so devastating, that civilization cannot tolerate their being ignored, because it cannot survive their being repeated.
That four great nations, flushed with victory and stung with injury stay the hand of vengeance and voluntarily submit their captive enemies to the judgment of the law is one of the most significant tributes that Power has ever paid to Reason.
After a long trial the judges delivered their verdict on October 1st, 1946.
There were three acquittals, four officers got imprisonment for a range of 10-20 years, 3 life sentences and 12 executed by hanging.
There were four cowards that would escape their just judgment here on this earth but they are still judged throughout eternity.
Adolf Hitler, Heinrich Himmler, and Joseph Goebbels all took their lives before the end of the war.
The night before he was to be hung he took his own life.
It was Goering that was chosen to be Adolf Hitler’s successor if he were to die.
He was also instrumental in establishing the Gestapo(secret Nazi police) and creating the first concentration camps during the holocaust.
The Nuremberg trials established new landmarks for international law.
People can no longer use the excuse during war times of stating they were following commands of leadership.
Every individual no matter their occupation would now be individually responsible for their actions during times of war.
Citizens would no longer be able to hide behind their government and commit war crimes in the guise of defending their country.
Although Nuremberg Trials was a victory for the Allied Powers and the world which resulted in 24 executions, 128 sentenced to prison there were still Nazis in hiding abroad.
Adolf Eichmann who was a high ranking Nazi and one of the architects of The Final Solution of the Jewish Question would evade justice until 1960.
Thank God for Jewish Nazi hunters like Simon Wiesenthal who was instrumental in the capture of Eichmann.
Nuremberg trials was the beginning of darkness coming to the light.