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The Nuremberg War Crimes Trials
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     challenging words:    aggression, conspiracy, prosecution, showing, prosecute, condemn, translators, suicide, leadership, inhumane, civilian, tolerate, authority, operate, long-term, criminal
     content words:    World War II, Adolf Hitler, United States, Great Britain, Soviet Union, Nuremberg Court, Chief Prosecutor, Justice Robert Jackson, Supreme Court Justice, On November


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The Nuremberg War Crimes Trials
By Sharon Fabian
  

1     It was the end of World War II, and the Nazis had finally been defeated. The leader of the Nazis, Adolf Hitler, had committed suicide, but what was to be done with the other high-ranking Nazi officials who were now held as prisoners of war by the Allies? Under their leadership, millions of people had been murdered before and during the war. What should happen to these men now?
 
2     The Allies had been meeting to discuss this problem even before the war ended. The United States, Great Britain, France, and the Soviet Union decided to have a trial and prosecute these men for their crimes. They created the Nuremberg Court and wrote rules for how the court would operate.
 
3     The defendants were 22 Nazi leaders who were being held as prisoners in one of the four Allied countries. The prosecutors were attorneys from all four countries. Charges were brought against the defendants on four counts, and each of the Allied countries took the responsibility of prosecuting certain parts.

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