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The Nuremberg Trials 

The story of the Nuremberg Trials and Robert Jackson, the chief prosecutor.


Michael Kloft, Dave Pearce (co-director)


Dave Pearce


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Episode cast overview:
Joe Morton ... Narrator (voice)
Walter Cronkite ... Himself
Hermann Göring ... Himself (archive footage)
William Jackson William Jackson ... Himself - Son of Robert Jackson
Robert Jackson ... Himself - Prosecutor (archive footage)
Whitney Harris Whitney Harris ... Himself - Prosecutor
Martha Minnow Martha Minnow ... Herself - Professor of Law (as Martha Minow)
John Barrett John Barrett ... Himself - Jackson's Biographer
Benjamin Ferencz ... Himself - U.S. Army Investigator
Richard Sonnenfeldt Richard Sonnenfeldt ... Himself - Interpreter
Chris Dodd ... Himself - Son of Thomas Dodd (as Senator Christopher Dodd)
Thomas Dodd Thomas Dodd ... Himself - Prosecutor (archive footage)
Erwin Larhusen Erwin Larhusen ... Himself (archive footage) (as General Erwin Lahousen)
Werner H. Von Rosenstiel Werner H. Von Rosenstiel ... Himself - U.S. Army Investigator
Arno Hamburger Arno Hamburger ... Himself - Interpreter


The story of the Nuremberg Trials and Robert Jackson, the chief prosecutor.

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English | German

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30 January 2006 (USA) See more »

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An odd focus made this less than satisfying for me...
2 November 2011 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

While this is a mostly well-made documentary from "The American Experience", I was quite surprised and a bit disappointed in its odd focus. Instead of focusing the film on all of the defendants in the first Nuremberg trial or all of these men from all of the Nuremberg trials, the film almost exclusively focuses on Hermann Göring. Now I am NOT defending the man--he was a vile piece of filth to say the least. But what about the others?! What about the men who were executed, what about the ones that very imprisoned and what about the ones who were freed? Who were these men?! I knew who most of these guys were, but the viewer might think that Hermann Göring alone or mostly committed all these atrocities. As a result, the film ends up being superficial and quite incomplete. Also, the legacy of such trials and war crimes committed SINCE WWII are really not mentioned. Perhaps a better title would be "Hermann Göring and the Nuremberg Trials".

Oh, and by the way, the film repeatedly said that Nuremberg was chosen for the trial since it was where Naziism began. That actually was Munich, though the film is correct that Nuremberg is where the HUGE rally was held that is featured in Leni Riefenstahl's "Triumph of the Will" (though she and her film were not mentioned).

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