The University of Chicago Germanic Studies Department & Human Rights Program,
in association with Doc Films, proudly present the Chicago Sneak Preview of
*Nuremberg: Its Lesson For Today (The Schulberg/Waletzky Restoration)
*Made for the U. S. Departmen of War in 1946, this historic documentary about the first Nuremberg trial against leading Nazi officials was widely shown in Germany, but suppressed in the US.
“Nuremberg: Its Lesson for Today” depicts the most famous courtroom drama in modern times, and the first to make extensive use of film as evidence. It was also the first trial to be extensively documented, aurally and visually. All of the proceedings, which lasted for nearly 11 months, were recorded. And though the trial was filmed while it was happening, strict limits were placed on the Army Signal Corps cameramen by the Office of Criminal Counsel. In the end, they were permitted to film only about 25 hours over the entire course of the trial. This was to prove a great impediment for writer/director Stuart Schulberg, and his editor Joseph Zigman, when they were engaged to make the official film about the trial, in 1946, shortly after its conclusion.