The Right Coast

Editor: Thomas A. Smith
University of San Diego
School of Law

Thursday, April 26, 2018

The History and Future of Holocaust Research – Tablet Magazine

In early 1947, the Chief Counsel of the United States Nuremberg Military Tribunals, Brigadier General Telford Taylor prepared indictments against the second tier Nazis. By then the liberation of the concentrations camps, and the research, testimony and publicity surrounding the international trial against the Nazi leadership, had revealed the horror and extent of the regime’s war crimes and crimes against humanity. An advisor to the U.S. prosecution team, Raphael Lemkin lobbied for the inclusion of a new crime, which he coined “genocide.” With this growing awareness of the Holocaust, Telford Taylor sounded out his legal team about the possibility of holding a trial that focused exclusively on the Nazi extermination of six million European Jews, stressing “that this is by far the most important and sinister item in the entire Nazi history.” Though such a trial did not occur, it is striking that Taylor and others, who first sifted through tons of captured German records, conducted interrogations of perpetrators, and recorded witness testimony from victims and bystanders, realized that the “Final Solution” held an outstanding place in the history of Nazi crimes.


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Holocaust research? I'd have thought that more research into Nazi Germany would be flogging a dead horse. Jews were murdered by the million. Compared to that brute fact, is there any more worth saying about the holocaust?

Posted by: dearieme | Apr 27, 2018 1:17:01 PM