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  • Former Nazi Officer’s Plea for Mercy Rejected

    January 18, 2018

    The mercy plea of Oskar Gröning, a 96-year-old former Nazi officer, has been denied. On July 15, 2015, Mr Gröning, who is also called the ‘bookkeeper of Auschwitz’, was condemned of being “guilty of aiding and abetting murder in three hundred thousand legally concurrent cases”, referring to the 300,000 murders that took place in the Nazi death camp Auschwitz during the Second World War. During the trial of 2015, Oskar Gröning expressly admitted moral guilt, but not criminal guilt.

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  • Benjamin Ferenczpad Unveiled

    May 30, 2017

    Last week, the path next to the Peace Palace has been named Benjamin Ferenczpad. Together with the students of the Duinoord School, 97-year-old Ferencz, former Chief Prosecutor for the United States Army at the Nuremberg Einsatzgruppen Trial and advocate of the establishment of the International Criminal Court, unveiled his street name board. After revealing, he spoke to the children in the Peace Palace Library who were allowed to ask questions.

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  • Aleppo, Ankara and Berlin: Atrocities, Violence and Terror

    December 21, 2016

    Humanitarian Crisis in Syria. In the eastern part of Aleppo, a Syrian city held by rebels, thousands of civilians were trapped. People were being executed in those parts of Aleppo that had been retaken by Assad forces. Recently the trapped residents that were stuck in a small area with no safe zones posted final “goodbye” messages, pictures and tweets on social media. They have thanked supporters, and questioned how the world allowed the situation in Aleppo to happen. The situation in Syria has been described as a “stain on the world’s collective conscience”.

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  • Royal Sperm Whales and More

    April 14, 2016

    Has any mammal inspired such romantic images of the sea and love for nature as much as the whale, yet aroused such controversy in global environmental conservation? Legal efforts to protect whales, however, extend beyond whaling issues. Even beyond protection itself. What about legal arrangements dealing with such large marine mammals found stranded on the shoreline? This so-called phenomenon of Cetacean stranding certainly is something that arouses public interest and emotion.

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  • ‘Nuremberg: It’s Lesson for Today’, Film Screening, Thursday 26 November

    November 18, 2015

    We kindly invite you for this film screening. Registration and tickets, please click here.
    ‘Nuremberg: It's Lesson for Today’, Film Screening, Thursday 26 November

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  • Video Registration Lecture ‘70 Years Nuremberg’

    November 17, 2015

    Our event on November 14 was a great success. About 170 people attended! The speakers for this Library lecture were: H.E. Justice Shireen Avis Fisher from the Residual Special Court of Sierra Leone, H.E. Judge Howard Morrison from the International Criminal Court and Mr. Axel Fisher, Philipps University of Marburg, Germany. Please, watch the video registration on our YouTube Channel.
    Video Registration ‘70 Years Nuremberg’

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  • ‘70 Years Nuremberg’, Lecture and Film Screening, 14 and 26 November

    November 12, 2015

    The Peace Palace Library commemorates the 70th anniversary of the Nuremberg Trials against the principal perpetrators of the Hitler regime. The 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. Please, register here.
    Hermann Goring at Nuremberg

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  • The International Nuremberg Principles Academy: Interview with Dr. Sigall Horovitz

    November 12, 2015

    On the 10th of November, we visited the International Nuremberg Principles Academy, created in 2014 to teach students from all over the world about international criminal law and human rights. Here we interviewed Bernd Borchardt, the founding director of the Academy, and dr. Sigall Horovitz, who works for the Educational Department of the Academy and who is a specialist in international criminal law and transitional justice.

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  • Nuremberg Its Lesson for Today – Film Review

    November 12, 2015

    While watching the documentary, its purpose is impossible to miss: the didactic aim of the film can be deduced from the title and the tone of the film itself is pedantic – informing the public of the evils of the regime and its leaders. The documentary then carefully follows the proceedings before the International Military Tribunal, alternating between footage of the trial and video fragments of Nazi Germany. Interestingly enough, these video fragments of pre-war Germany were recorded by the Nazis themselves.

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  • Nuremberg Court Sketches: Cartoons by Günter Peis

    Nuremberg Court Sketches: Cartoons by Günter Peis

    November 12, 2015

    Over 800 reporters were present at the Palace of Justice in Nuremberg from November 1945 until September 1946 in a sincere effort to convey the significance of the Trials of Nuremberg. Among these many journalists were also sketch artists who made drawings of the courtroom and the defendants for media and publication companies. These sketch artists also played an import role to document the Nuremberg Trials while photographers were not always allowed in the court room.

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