Harvard launches site devoted to Nuremberg trials

The Harvard Law School Library has launched Nuremberg Trials Project: A Digital Document Collection, a Web site devoted to analysis and digitization of documents relating to the Nuremberg Trials. The project is devoted to preserving and expanding access to the library’s 1 million pages of documents relating to the trials of Nazi Germany’s military and political leaders. The documents — whcih include trial transcripts, briefs, document books, evidence files and other papers — have become too fragile to be handled, so the library has begun to digitize them and will make them available in stages via the Web.

The first stage provides 6,755 pages of documents relating to the Medical Case, which was case 1 of the trials conducted by the Nuremberg Military Tribunals (USA v. Karl Brandt et al.), as well as analysis of many documents relating to cases 2 (USA v. Erhard Milch) and 4 (USA v. Oswald Pohl et al.). The Medical Case, held in 1946-1947, involved 23 defendants accused of organizing and participating in war crimes and crimes against humanity in the form of harmful or fatal medical experiments and other medical procedures.