What Did the Nuremberg Trials Teach Us?

January 16, 2015 | By Ming Shi

(Minghui.org) There were many chilling moments during the Nuremberg Trials in 1945 and 1946, in which many high-level Nazi officials were punished for persecuting millions of innocent Jews.

Racial cleansing of Jews was a Nazi policy, but the high-ranking Nazi officials claimed that they didn’t know anything about the genocide. It would be very difficult to prove that they had signed documents that approved the killing of Jews.

However, the executive trial counselor, Thomas J. Dodd, presented the skull of a Polish man who was hanged. The skull had been found on the desk of concentration camp director Karl-Otto Koch. He had used it as a paperweight.

The judge, reporters, and many others were horrified. How could the Nazis have been so heartless? This one piece of evidence totally overshadowed the defense. Even the most eloquent of the Nazi officers couldn’t escape their accountability.

Criminal acts that challenge the bottom line of what it means to be human should never be tolerated. It’s what draws the line between humans and demons.

The Nuremberg Trials ended with a 250-page verdict. The evil acts that the Nazis committed in their concentration camps were condemned by people all over the world.

Today the persecution of Falun Gong in Chinese prisons, detention centers, and brainwashing centers is even more brutal than the Nazis’ genocide. The Chinese Communist Party has even gone so far as to kill practitioners for their organs and sell them for profit.

Chinese version available

Category: Opinion & Perspective

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