The Trial of Baldur von Schirach Research Paper by Professor Victor Verb

The Trial of Baldur von Schirach
An examination of the circumstances and impact of the war crimes trial of Baldur von Schirach at Nuremberg in 1946.
# 54297 | 4,569 words | 15 sources | MLA | 2003 | US
Published on Dec 22, 2004 in History (European - World Wars) , Law (General) , Holocaust Studies (General)

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This paper examines how Baldur von Schirach was among the major war criminal defendants at the first Nuremberg trial. He was a Nazi politician and former head of the Nazi youth movement. It looks at how, while some of the defendants were acquitted, and others sentenced to death, Baldur von Schirach was among four of the defendants whose sentences ranged from 10-20 years, with Schirach receiving a 20-year sentence. In order to determine whether Baldur von Schirach received a fair trial, it provides an analysis of the events that led up to Schirach's prosecution at Nuremberg and an assessment of the proceedings of the trial, followed by a summary of the research in the conclusion.

From the Paper:

"Baldur von Schirach was among the four defendants who were sentenced to terms of imprisonment ranging from 10 to 20 years; the others included Karl D'nitz , Albert Speer, and Konstantin von Neurath. Three of the Nuremberg defendants were sentenced to life imprisonment (Rudolf Hess, Walther Funk , and Erich Raeder) and twelve others were sentenced to death by hanging; ten of them (Hans Frank, Wilhelm Frick , Julius Streicher, Alfred Rosenberg, Ernst Kaltenbrunner, Joachim von Ribbentrop, Fritz Sauckel, Alfred Jodl, Wilhelm Keitel, and Arthur Seyss-Inquart, were hanged on October 16, 1946. Martin Bormann was tried and condemned to death in absentia, and Hermann G'ring committed suicide before he could be executed) (Penrose 2003)."

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