Nuremberg At 75: Its Current Relevance

The Nuremberg judgment resonated, 75 years ago, that a global war would probably annihilate the human race. The attendant reasoning was based on the covert premise that individual acts of henchman that go to further the persuasions of an ideologue could be the pivot to devastation and destruction.

by Dr. Ruwantissa Abeyratne in Montreal

“Ye are my witnesses” Isaiah 43:10

The 75th anniversary of the commencement of the Nuremberg Trials fell on 20 November 2020. The above quote from the holy scriptures is what one sees as one enters the portals of the Holocaust Museum in Washington DC. At my unforgettable visit there, which left the most profound impact in me – an experience I have not had in all my travels – I was left with a mixed sense of intense sadness and unbridled anger – that the world stood by and allowed the travesty of the Holocaust to happen. I was profoundly moved to see youngsters holding hands and crying at various exhibits of the Museum. At the same time, I was glad in a way that I had carried the burden of a legal education which has left me with at least the hope that whatever happens, justice will eventually prevail.

The Nuremberg Trials were not merely to administer justice and punish guilty Nazi war criminals. It was, a fortiori a seminal pronouncement of morals and ethics that brought to bear profound issues which were calculated to guide future generations. British Judge Norman Birkett, sitting in judgment said that Nuremberg was “the greatest trial in history”. American prosecutor Justice Robert Jackson said: “ This trial has a scope that is utterly beyond anything that has ever …read more

Source:: SL Guardian English