Cinema: Nuremberg Trials finally on screen
11 November 2009
For the first time, cinema audiences will be able to see the official American documentary of the first Nuremberg Trial. Commissioned by the US War Department and made in 1946 by the Schulberg brothers, Budd and Stuart, Nuremberg – its lesson for Today was never shown outside Germany, because the American government of the time believed that "shocking footage of the deportation of Jews, concentration camps, gas chambers and mass graves would undermine public support for the Marshall Plan for the reconstruction of Europe," explains De Volkskrant. The daughter of one of the directors, Sandra Schulberg, worked for five years on the restoration of the film which will be given a new European premier in Dutch capital The Hague, which is home to many of the world's international courts.