B236 - Nurgemberg: The Last Battle by David Irving

Teutonic sagas relate that after the great battle with the Mongols on the Lechfeld plain, where the armies of two different worlds clashed in violent and bloody massacre, the spirits of the fallen warriors went on fighting for three more days above the clouds. So it was in Nuremberg from 1945 to 1946.

 Where the city’s face bore the terrible scars of the mortal struggle between Germany and her enemies which had ended in May 1945, the ghosts continued the struggle for sixteen more months. But there the parallel ends.

 The armies were un-equal; one side was unarmed and had few friends. President Harry S. Truman had appointed Robert H, Jackson as Chief of Council for the United States, charged with mounting the prosecution of the major Axis war criminals at Nuremberg. His tasks seemed clearly defined.

 A number of German and Italian leaders was to be identified as war criminals, prosecuted, and duly punished. By the time that the trial began in November 1945 many of these ideals had already been betrayed. There would be few crimes listed in the indictment at Nuremberg of which one or other of the four prosecuting powers was not itself guilty.

 In the cause of defeating Adolf Hitler, civilian populations had been burned and blasted, murdered, brutalized, intimidated, deported, and enslaved; aggressive wars had been launched, neutral countries occupied by pretext and deceit, and the unalterable paragraphs of international conventions flagrantly violated. Bob Jackson knew this, and it hurt him. It damaged his name and career forever.

 Using the unpublished diaries and papers of the principal actors- the judges, lawyers, and the war criminals themselves - David Irving has pieced together the remarkable history of how the Trial of the Century came about.

Hardback, 377 pages.