The Peace Palace Library commemorates the 70th anniversary of the Nuremberg Trials against the principal perpetrators of the Hitler regime. The Nuremberg Trials mark an important moment in the history of international law. Individual Nazi war criminals were held responsible and indicted for war crimes and crimes against humanity and brought to justice before a tribunal. The Nuremberg Trials provided a legal framework on which thereafter prosecution of international crimes was built and thus laid the foundation for international criminal law to emerge as a modern discipline. The Peace Palace Library invites you to join us in commemorating this important moment in history and to reflect on the lessons we have learnt from the Nuremberg Trials in recent times. Last Saturday, 14 November, we've had three interesting lectures from H.E. Justice Shireen Avis Fisher, Residual Special Court of Sierra Leone, HE. Judge Howard Morrison, International Criminal Court and Mr. Axel Fisher, Philipp University of Marburg, Germany. The lectures were a great succes. About 170 people attended! For coming Thursday, 26 November, we kindly invite you for our Film Screening of 'Nuremberg: It's Lesson for Today.

[Picture: original poster from the 1948 German release of the film 'Nuremberg: It's Lesson for Today']

Programme Film Screening, Thursday 26 November

The Peace Palace Library is pleased to present the film screening of 'Nuremberg : Its Lesson for Today’ in the Auditorium of the Academy Building of the Peace Palace.

The evening program is as follows:

16.30               Doors Open / Coffee & Tea

17.00               Opening Remarks by Mr. Jeroen Vervliet, Director of the Peace Palace Library

17.10               Introduction to the Documentary by Ms. Heikelien Verrijn Stuart

17.30               Screening of 'Nuremberg : Its Lessons for Today'.

This event is made possible with the generous support of the Austrian Embassy in The Hague.

Administration fee: € 1.00 Ticket control at the Visitors Centre. Access to the premises only with a valid ID.

In case you've already purchased the ticket for the November 14 event, you'll have free access. Please, show your ticket.


'Nuremberg: It's Lesson for Today', The Schulberg/Waletzky Restoration

Nuremberg: It's Lesson for TodayOne of the greatest courtroom dramas in history, 'Nuremberg: It's Lesson For Today' shows how the four allied prosecution teams - from the United States, Great Britain, France, and the Soviet Union - built their case against the top Nazi leaders. As documented in the film, the trial established the "Nuremberg principles," laying the groundwork for all subsequent prosecutions, anywhere in the world, for crimes against the peace, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide.

The film premiered in The Hague as the centerpiece of the Erasmus Prize ceremonies. In 2009, the Prize was awarded to Ben Ferencz, one of the original Nuremberg prosecutors, and to Antonio Cassese, first President of the International Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and currently President of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.

[Picture: film poster 'Nuremberg: It's Lesson for Today', the Schulberg/Waletzky Restoration]

The original film was written and directed by Stuart Schulberg, and edited by Joseph Zigman, under the aegis of Pare Lorentz, chief of Film/Theatre/Music at the U.S. War Department, and completed by Schulberg in 1948, under the aegis of Eric Pommer, chief of the Motion Picture Branch of U.S. Military Government in Berlin. The film makes extensive use of footage from 'The Nazi Plan' and 'Nazi Concentration Camps', evidentiary films compiled under the supervision of Budd Schulberg, that were presented at the Nuremberg trial. Schulberg Productions and Metropolis Productions now present the first complete 35mm picture and sound restoration of the U.S. Government's 1948 film about the first Nuremberg trial - the International Military Tribunal.


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