Judgement At Nuremburg Theme

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The holocaust was a horrible and devastating time for everyone all over the world. Millions of people were murdered, tortured, and massacred, all for no reason. But these unfavorable actions preformed by the Germans did not go unpunished. In the dramatic film Judgment at Nuremburg the writer Abbey Mann proves his main argument justice should prevail over patriotism, through his dramatic screen play, and his bold characters. Although the movie is a fictional account, Judgment at Nuremburg is based on a real case called the judges trial, held before the U.S. Military Tribunal. The writer Abby did his research before writing this movie. In an interview from the Archive of American Television, Abbey revels that he talked to the lawyers and judges from the actual case, although he did admit that he added some parts for a dramatic effect, like the scene when Dr, Ernest Janning, confesses to his crimes. He also based many of the witnesses on true stories, the case of the young Aryan lady and the old Jewish man was based on a case the Katzenberg trial. The movies itself is reliable to see how the tribunal was held, and what the trial was like, but it is not as reliable for cold hard facts. There are many strong themes in this powerful film, and it is in the themes where Abby embeds his argument. Perhaps the most important theme is excuses were used as a scapegoat. One of the excuses was that people claimed that they were “just following orders.” Everyone used this excuse, from the witnesses being questioned, to the judges on trial. During cross examination, the defendants’ judge, Hans Rolf, ask the witness Dr. Wiek questions in which his only answers is “everyone was forced to”. The same is done to a woman, Mrs. Lindow, who is also being questioned. The prosecution asks her if she was a member of the Nazi party, and her reply was the same as the other s, “everyone was
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