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It is now over 70 years after what was perhaps the most important trial in the history of mankind. What makes this circumstance particularly significant is that it was the first time in history that a murderous regime of a defeated state was put to trial by the victorious powers after a particularly cruel and vicious war. It would be easy to disparage Nuremberg saying that the defeated had been tried by the "victors' justice". What is certain, however, is that in international law nothing was the same after Nuremberg. The most important members of the Nazi government were charged with three offenses: crimes against peace, war crimes and crimes against humanity. The last category, crimes against humanity, was the most original contribution of Nuremberg.Approximately 200 German war crime defendants were tried at Nuremberg, and 1,600 more were tried under the traditional channels of military justice.Seventy years since the trial that pitted humanity against unleashed evil we have witnessed hundreds of wars. It is up to today's leaders to keep "the spirit of Nuremberg" alive.
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