Record:   Prev Next
Author Priemel, Kim Christian, 1977- author
Title The betrayal : the Nuremberg trials and German divergence / Kim Christian Priemel
Imprint Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2016
book jacket
 Modern History Library  306.20943 P948    AVAILABLE    30550100621877
Edition First edition
Descript xiv, 481 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Note At the end of World War II the Allies faced a threefold challenge: how to punish perpetrators of appalling crimes for which the categories of 'genocide' and 'crimes against humanity' had to be coined; how to explain that these had been committed by Germany, of all nations; and how to reform Germans. The Allied answer to this conundrum was the application of historical reasoning to legal procedure. In the thirteen Nuremberg trials held between 1945 and 1949, and in corresponding cases elsewhere, a concerted effort was made to punish key perpetrators while at the same time providing a complex analysis of the Nazi state and German history. Building on a long debate about Germany's divergence from a presumed Western path of development, Allied prosecutors sketched a historical trajectory which had led Germany to betray the Western model. Historical reasoning both accounted for the moral breakdown of a 'civilised' nation and rendered plausible arguments that this had indeed been a collective failure rather than one of a small criminal clique. The prosecutors therefore carefully laid out how institutions such as private enterprise, academic science, the military, or bureaucracy, which looked ostensibly similar to their opposite numbers in the Allied nations, had been corrupted in Germany even before Hitler's rise to power. While the argument, depending on individual protagonists, subject matters, and contexts, met with uneven success in court, it offered a final twist which was of obvious appeal in the Cold War to come: if Germany had lost its way, it could still be brought back into the Western fold
Includes bibliographical references (pages 425-468) and index
Introduction: Drawing lines -- Mapping the West : Nuremberg's sources -- Contructing Nuremberg -- The lunatic fringe, mostly -- Paving the Sonderweg -- Saving capitalism -- Trying modernity or La Trahison des Clercs -- East by south-east : the military cases -- Reintegrating the other -- Conclusion
Subject Nuremberg Trial of Major German War Criminals, Nuremberg, Germany, 1945-1946
Nuremberg War Crime Trials, Nuremberg, Germany, 1946-1949
War crimes (International law)
Political culture -- Germany -- History -- 20th century
Germany -- History -- 1933-1945 -- Historiography
Germany -- History -- 1918-1933 -- Historiography
National socialism -- Social aspects
Sociological jurisprudence -- Germany -- History
World War, 1939-1945 -- Atrocities
Record:   Prev Next