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Covering the Nuremberg Trials

The Story


Ernst Kaltenbrunner takes the stand at the Nuremberg Trials. CBC reporter Matthew Halton is in Germany. He describes how the accused, one of Hitler's former right-hand men, makes his defence and fights for his life. The defence thus far has mostly been the same. The accused have not denied that crimes have occurred but rather reject any accusations of responsibility. Halton reports on the tense proceedings in this CBC Radio report.

Medium: Radio
Program: CBC Radio News Special
Broadcast Date: April 12, 1946
Guest(s):
Reporter: Matthew Halton
Duration: 2:36
Photo: National Archives PA 207723

Did You know?


• The first session of the Nuremberg Trials was held on Oct. 18, 1945. The trial investigated whether 24 of the accused had committed conspiracy to wage aggressive war, crimes against peace, war crimes and crimes against humanity. On Oct. 1, 1946, the judgment was delivered. Twelve men were sentenced to death, among them Reich Marshal Hermann Goring. Three men received life imprisonment including Hitler's deputy Rudulf Hess. Four were given 10-20 year prison terms, and three were acquitted.


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