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Military government weekly information bulletin
Number 62 (October 1946)

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e  International Military  Tribunal,
which had been sitting in the Palace
of Justice in Nuremberg since 20 November
1945 in judgment of 22 individual defend-
ants and seven organizations of Nazi Ger-
many, announced on 1 October 1946 its ver-
dicts and sentences, thus concluding the
greatest trial in history.
The indictment charged individual de-
fendants with crimes against peace by the
planning, preparation, initiation and waging
of wars of aggression, which were also wars
in violation of international treaties, agree-
ments and assurances; with war crimes; and
with crimes against humanity. The defend-
ants were also charged with participating
in the formulation or execution of a common
plan or conspiracy to commit all these
crimes. The Tribunal was further asked to
rule on the criminality of the seven named
organizations.
24 ORIGINALLY INDICTED
Twenty-four individuals high in the Ger-
man government, Nazi Party, and military
and naval commands were named originally
in the indictment. The defendant Robert
Ley committed suicide in prison on 25 Oc-
tober 1945.  The  Tribunal decided  on
15 November 1945 that the defendant
Gustav Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach
could not be tried at that time because of
his physical and mental condition. The
defendant Martin Bormann had not been
taken into custody but the Tribunal tried
him in absentia.
The findings of the Tribunal required
two days to read in court and filled 283
typewritten pages. Pertinent excerpts con-
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cerning each indicted individual and accused
organization along with the verdict and
sentence are presented herewith.
Hermann Wilhelm Goering
The evidence shows that, after Hitler, he
was the most prominent man in the Nazi
Regime. He was Commander-in-Chief of
the  Luftwaffe, Plenipotentiary  for  the
Four-Year   Plp,,, dnk,  hdqE treerpndous
influence with Hitler, at least until 1943
when their relaf   hip.,_dt0 rat  eAding  ; A l U
in his arrest 4p >1Q45.\sey.tesjfert>;t. ,> a t
Hitler kept him ,irforped ,pf pall ei portnt ant
military and pojt~icgl pj'ob}4emns& *,i-. c -  ,
Goering was pfQt~np ndq9d, hnstgai   s {;    , -la
the moving forqe, second          leny -to his 1edgr. t  e
He was the leadhid y agr   ssa r, bqtli a
political and as military leader; he was the
director of the slave labor program and the
creator of the oppus& dram        aginst i
the Jews and o                                  <r es   hdmeaitd2-s h
abroad. All of these crimes he has frankly
admitted. On s6ob* sP&JiNid vases there~d MiaY  '\
be conflict of teTsiikp6' %ui4'in :nJse'df'  8 t
broad outline, l       adPssi,on, -. move
than sufficient1i6wWlea.-to, by coidisive o  i; :,
his guilt. His gailt4 i% unique in, it& wnormity'.  ' X i
The record discf''si6o ikust~16i'thiĀ§:min As
Conclusion: thy   Tuiall f      thf ide
fendant Goeringlty'      'all" foiir counts  ;
(conspiracy,  cpims jaganess         war!
crimes, crimes against 1i11n i     p.
Sentence: Deatir bp harging   l-
3Rliddit'Met0.              r t.A
He joined tile Nzitl'Parly'  I 1020 an"!h
participated  in,, the  Minich  uts
9 November l9g.   Je was iWprisoned with:
Hitler in the Landsbwof4res& in 1924 -aXnd
became Hitler's cioses4-rsoi conf4dant}'4'F21 'TI
it en a ' *  '  N i  , ,i  .'t't: '   .. tw  ';eb


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