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23 septembre 2012

Histoire : Not guilty at Nuremberg

par Carlos WHITLOCK PORTER


Les juges au procès de Nuremberg

The re-writing of History is as old as history itself. The Annals of Tacitus, for example, (xv 38), mentions a "rumour" that Nero burned Rome ; this "rumour" was repeated by later Roman historians as "fact" (Suetonius, Nero, 38 ; Dio Cassius, Epistulae, lxii 16 ; Pliny, Naturalis Historia xvii 5). Later writers called this "fact" into question, and demoted the "fact" to mere "rumour".


Les accusés au procès de Nuremberg

In 1946, it was a "proven fact" that Nazis made human soap (Judgement, Nuremberg Trial, IMT I 252 [283] ; VII 597-600 [656-659] ; XIX 506 [566-567] ; XXII 496 [564]). This "fact" has since become, apparently, merely "rumour" (Hilberg, "revised definitive" Destruction of the European Jews, Holmes and Meier, NY, page 966 : "To this day, the origin of the soap making rumour has not been traced"). The forensically untested "rumour" of Soviet origin (a jar of mysterious stinking material, Exhibit USSR 393) is in the Peace Palace of The Hague. Peace Palace officials show it to eager visitors and tell them it is authentic ; but do not, apparently, answer letters from persons asking to have it tested.

In 1943, it was a "rumour" that Nazis were steaming, frying, parboiling, electrocuting, vacuuming and gassing Jews (see, for example, The Black Book : The Nazi Crime Against the Jewish People, pp. 270, 274, 280, 313, introduced as "evidence" before the Nuremberg Commission) ; by 1946, the "gassings" had become "fact", while the steamings, fryings, parboilings, electrocutions and vacuumings remained mere "rumour". (Note : the "steamings" were "proven" in the Pohl Trial, Fourth Nuremberg Trial, NMT IV, 1119-1152). The "evidence" that Nazis "gassed" Jews is qualitatively no better than the "evidence" that they steamed, fried, parboiled, electrocuted, or vacuumed them ; it appears legitimate to call this "evidence" into question.

This article contains, not a re-writing of history, but a simple guide to historical material which has been forgotten. The 312,022 notarized defense affidavits presented at the First Nuremberg Trial have been forgotten, while the 8 or 9 prosecution affidavits which "rebutted" them are remembered ((XXI 437[483])). This article contains a great many references to page numbers. They are not there to confuse, impress, or intimidate the reader, or to prove the truth of the matter stated, but to help interested people find things. Whether the statements of the defense are more credible than the human soap (Document USSR-197), human hair socks (Document USSR-511), and cannibal hamburgers (Exhibit 1873, Tokyo Trial) of the war crimes prosecutors, is for the reader to decide.

NOTE : IMT = 1st Nuremberg Trial, in 4 languages.

NMT = 12 later Nuremberg Trials, in English. In the absence of any indication to the contrary, all page numbers refer to the American edition, with the German page numbers in [brackets].

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    éditeur : Frank Brunner | ouverture : 11 novembre 2000 | reproduction autorisée en citant la source