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60 years ago the Nuremberg Trials

November 20 2005
05:01

In veneered oak-paneled courtroom Nuremberg Palace of Justice November 20, 1945, Hermann Goering, Rudolf Hess, Joachim von Ribbentropp Pact and 18 other high-ranking Nazis pleaded not guilty before a panel of judges representing the victorious allies: the Soviet Union, the United States Britain and France.

Defendants oobvinyalis new for the time the crimes that are now entrenched in law: crimes against peace, inciting aggression, war crimes and crimes against humanity.

October 1, 1946, after 218 trial days, Goering, commander of air forces of Hitler and his "right hand", was sentenced to death along with 11 others, including Martin Bormann, Hitler's deputy of the disappeared, who was tried in his absence. Seven of the defendants received long prison sentences and three were acquitted.

Fifteen days later, the convicts were hanged in the adjacent to the courthouse jail. Goering committed suicide by swallowing a poison pill in his cell the night before, death. Reported by the AP.

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