The Nuremberg Trials: Volume I

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The Nuremberg Trials: Volume I, Bringing the Leaders of Nazi Germany to Justice by Terry Burrows.  Following the Second World war, prominent Nazi officers were put on trial for war crimes. This book follows; the lead up to the trials, the decisions made, and the characters who made those decisions. The text makes a detailed analysis of the primary documents surrounding these trials. It is an interesting read. However, its detailed nature may prove off putting to some readers.
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This was an easily read her informative volume of the Nuremberg trials.  It used a lot of verbatim testimony.  I especially liked the background information on both the prosecutors and the defendants.  It is well worth the read for everyone to get a real understanding of the Holocaust.
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This is a tough read but very necessary. Obviously, I knew about the Nuremberg Trials but I learned a lot about how they came to be held, the structures and design of them and the true attempt to bring justice to the horrible events of the Holocaust and World War II.

I would definitely recommend this for everyone and I’m curious to read the next volume which seems like it will cover the trial of institutions versus this one which was focused on individual defendants.
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Fantastic, interesting, thrilling book. So much to take in. I loved it all. Such a fascinating look back at history. The book was knowledgable and full of information. I hadn’t heard much around the trials before so was fascinating
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The author's painstaking research and attention to detail is obvious in the writing of this book.  There were many facts that I only discovered after reading this!
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I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.   Thank you NetGalley.   
This was a very clear and easy to follow book.    This would be a must-read for any historian / history fan.
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This is a great  volume of the Nuremberg Trials that occurred after WWII. Burrows does an amazing job of recreating the events in a clear and concise manner and presenting the events with the accounts of those who witnessed and even participated in it. Would highly recommend this book for historians looking to add to their research on this event in history.
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This is a clear and concise, but surprisingly eloquent account of the Nuremberg Trials. It is extremely difficult to read, however, because it is just so grim and horrific.  I couldn't even read some of it.  For example, children were actually thrown into the ovens at some of the concentration camps! The horrors are just never-ending.

I have read a lot about the war, but I didn't know that Russian PO W's were branded and deliberately malnourished, and that Tchaikovsky's and Tolstoy's houses were desecrated by the Nazis.

There was some criticism of these trials - that the laws were made by the victors, for example, and that the Axis powers were not signatories to all of the treaties and agreements in question.  However, as Robert Jackson pointed out in his closing speech, the defendants 'prepared and waged wars of aggression, rearming in defiance of the Treaty of Versailles, and launching unprovoked attacks...' They also 'enslaved and plundered the populations of occupied countries...'and persecuted and murdered Jews and Christians'.  I agree with the conclusion that criticism of the judgments in the face of the horrific crimes which the Nazis committed is really just quibbling.

I received this free ebook from NetGalley in return for an honest review.
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Review for The Nuremberg Trials Volume 1 by Terry Burrows
As an honest reviewer I must admit that at the beginning of reading this book I really struggled and was down hearted that I would have to give it a low rating of maybe 2. However, it didn't take me long to really start to get into it and for the ratings to increase. I still am not sure at the moment so will decide at the end of my review. This is the trial of 22 of the worst war criminals and it goes into so much detail on their crimes, the defence, the prosecution, the trials decision and the punishment. It is very harrowing at times and goes into details of what was seen and done at places like Aushcwitz. I must praise the author as I can't imagine how much research went into this book and this is reflected in my rating. Again, to play devil's advocate there was a lot of language I did struggle to understand which I was thinking about eating wise but have decided not to allow this face to judge my rating as it is what it is being a "legal memoir" so to say. I personally couldn't read this book in one due to this so read other books at the same time which I am glad I did as it made it easier for me to take this one in. I would highly recommend this book for anyone interested in history and court room proceedings. I would also like to acknowledge it isn't all about just the trials themselves and it does go into alot of detail of the defenses history which I enjoyed reading. Taking into account all these facts I would like to give this book 4.5/5 but as there is no choice for half numbers I would give it a 5 rather than a 4 as I do think the author deserves this for all the research. I learned many new things while reading this book so thank you to the author for this. Anyone else read this book?
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An intense read that makes you clutch your heart as you read it!  The information is presented in a way that keeps you up way past bedtime.
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A detailed and fascinating account of the first Nuremberg Trials where the 22 men who led the effort to commit Nazi Germany’s unforgivable crimes at the highest level were sentenced, worthy of 5 stars. Not one if them pleaded guilty, and one of them even thought he should be shot as the loser in the war—what he did was still nothing to him. In the end, it made me question if the punishment we give one person for crimes against millions can ever be enough. No matter what you inflict on his body, it could never match his actions in severity.
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Fascinating insight into the Nuremberg trials and the 22 defendants who, between them, seemed to have their fingers in every conceivable Nazi pie during the reign of terror that was the Nazi era. 

Such an interesting mix of men and approaches to their different jobs and their justifications for what they did. It didn't surprise me much, what the results of the IQ tests were, that were conducted on them whilst the trial was on. 

The author clearly did a lot of research, and considering how many documents were involved in the entire thing, did a good job of summarising the salient points. I had a basic knowledge of the trials before I read the book but there were things that I hadn't known about and reading this book added to my general knowledge of this period in our history. I didn't realise the extent to which slave labour was used in Germany, for example. 

May something like the Nazi's never, ever happen again. 

4.5 stars from me. 

Thank you to NetGalley and Arcturus Publishing.
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I must give the author credit for such a thoroughly researched and straightforward book. This is a no-nonsense account of the first of the Nuremberg Trials, that can at times be, understandable difficult to read. It makes on wonder how there can possibly be people in the world who still deny that the Holocaust ever happened. The evidence is laid out in this book for all to read. 

Frightening, jarring and moving at once, this is an important book. This is the kind of book that you want to talk to someone about after you read it, even if the conversation is uncomfortable. I am a firm believer in the old adage that if we forget the past, we are doomed to repeat it, and I think books such as this one are valuable just for that reason. 

Although there are some very difficult portions of this book to read and still believe in the world afterwards, this book is eye-opening and thought-provoking on a grand scale. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who wants to know more about the events of WWII and the Nazi terror that was instituted upon the people. 

This review is based on a complimentary copy from the publisher, provided through Netgalley. All opinions are my own.
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This ARC was courtesy of netgalley - all thoughts and opinions are mine and unbiased

This is an amazing book - disturbing - as it should be - The transcripts are harrowing to read but so important to do so.  

 A very well put together book which truly brings the horror of the atrocities to life
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Deeply moving and disturbing, The Nuremberg Trials shed light on the unparalleled atrocities committed by the Nazi regime before and during World War II. The transcripts are horrifying, especially the cases of the defense and the observations of psychologist Gustave Gilbert, who monitored the defendants. 
After reading the prosecution's case you can't help feeling that no punishment could have been severe enough for the committed crimes against humanity.
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