"The Splendid Blond Beast" & "Nuremberg Misremembered"
Compares how Christopher Simpsons' book "The Splendid Blond Beast" and Jeremy Rabkins' essay "Nuremberg Misremembered" disagree in their application of international law to events which occurred leading up to and following the Holocaust.
# 120052 | 2,353 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2010 |
Published on Jun 03, 2010 in History (Religion) , Literature (American) , Holocaust Studies (General)
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This essay compares "The Splendid Beast", an account of the intersections of money, institutions, and law that first allowed the Holocaust to take place and then let it go unpunished, with "Nuremberg Misremembered" an essay presenting an overview of the practical and political concerns that confront international law when it attempts to deal with the kinds of heinous acts recounted in Simpsons book. The author of this paper argues that although Simpsons' account is factually accurate, he draws many conclusions without considering some very important issues that Jeremy Rabkin brings to light.
From the Paper:"To begin with, any discussion of international law concerning crimes against humanity, war crimes, and genocide is complicated by the blurred definitions that set each crime apart and by the paradoxically nitpicky attitude international lawyers take towards specifying each crime as such. Most people today know genocide when they see it and agree that the Young Turks' persecution of Turkey's Armenian population and the Nazi Holocaust were two such instances. Yet the term can only be used to describe the historical--not the legal--situation because genocide only entered the body of international law for the first time at the Genocide Convention of 1948.
"Because at the time of the Nuremberg proceedings the legal term "genocide" did not exist and "crimes against humanity" were vaguely defined, the prosecution focused on war crimes and crimes against peace. Although as Rabkin writes, "We now tend to think of the Nuremberg Trials as an accounting for the Holocaust" (Rabkin 83), the International Military Tribunal was chiefly an instance of "victor's justice" (86) despite the contemporaneous belief that the tribunal must hold the perpetrators of Nazi atrocities accountable. In accordance with Simpson's account of Henry Morgenthau's and Herbert Pell's failed campaign to bring crimes against humanity to the forefront of the proceedings, Rabkin acknowledges that this was "a distinctly secondary and subordinate concern. American lawyers...were most concerned to punish Nazi leaders for making war on so vast a scale that it finally engulfed the United States" (91). This constitutes one of the few points of agreement between Simpson and Rabkin."
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