I don't ever remember being taught about the Nuremberg Trials in high school history class - Do you recall reviewing this topic in school? I remember clearly learning about the atrocities of the World Wars but nothing about the Nuremberg Trials. Either I have a gap in my memory or the "sensitivity" truth twisting already started in the 1980's.
Let's learn the basics today. These trials were held in Nuremberg, Germany from 1945 to 1949 with the purpose of bringing Nazi war criminals to justice. Four of the allied nations (Britain, France, Soviet Union and the United States of America) established and issued the laws and procedures for these trials on August 8, 1945.
There were 3 categories of crimes:
Crimes against peace - such as planning and waging wars of aggression, which were in violation of international agreements at that time.
War crimes - such as violating laws of war (improper treatment of civilians & prisoners of war)
Crimes against humanity - such as enslavement, deportation & even murder of civilians or persecution based on religion, race or politics.
Politicians, military officials, businesses, doctors, members of the media, lawyers are all examples of people who were indicted in these trials.
Stating "I was just doing what I was told to do by my boss" was NOT an acceptable defense.
Read the quote from Hermann Goering in the picture above and just look at the evil, smug expression on his face. Goering was convicted and was sentenced to be hanged but committed suicide the night before his execution.