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Were defendants at the Nuremberg trial allowed to deny the holocaust?

Theoretically, yes they were. The first law against Holocaust denial in Germany was passed in 1960, some time after the Nuremberg trials had taken place. As tall an order as it may have been for ...
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Were defendants at the Nuremberg trial allowed to deny the holocaust?

Edit: Yes, they could have denied it if they'd wanted to - there was no law against it at the time - but none of them did in their defences to the charges. Using a defence that can readily be ...
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When and how did the term "Nazi" start replacing the term "Germans" in the context of WW2?

So how did it happen that we no longer refer to activities conducted by German State and German ordinary folks during the period of 1939-1945 by the adjective "Germans" but we use "Nazi" instead? ...
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Were defendants at the Nuremberg trial allowed to deny the holocaust?

Yes, they were able to deny the Holocaust. First every party was asked before the trial if they consider themselves guilty or innocent and everyone declared himself innocent. Julius Streicher, who ...
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When and how did the term "Nazi" start replacing the term "Germans" in the context of WW2?

I suspect this is more a cause of change than anything else. When we speak today of activities involving Russia in the 20th century we speak of Soviet Russia, or Bolshevist Russia. Similarly one may ...
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What was the consequence of Gestapo being declared a criminal organization in the Nuremberg trials in 1945?

#tl;dr Until 1947 it was dry cookie time. Until 1950 they were barred from being public servants, if in tier 1 and 2 category of "being nazi". After 1951 they got all the love for being ...
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Were defendants at the Nuremberg trial allowed to deny the holocaust?

There is a small conflation in the original question, the other important fact to remember is that a great deal of evidence was provided by the US Army in the form of affadavits and film footage. ...
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How did the Allies locate, identify and process Nazi War criminals?

This answer was posted in response to the original question: I am seeking information on the locating and detaining of suspected Nazi war criminals and SS officials near and shortly after the end of ...
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When and how did the term "Nazi" start replacing the term "Germans" in the context of WW2?

It started around Teheran Conference, after the knowledge of german war crimes in territories liberated by the Soviet Union. Since only war criminals should be put on trial, they started to make the ...
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Is there any evidence to corroborate the claim that Rudolf Höss was physically abused by the Allies after his capture?

Here is what Rudolf Höss had to say about this in his Death Dealer: The memoirs of the SS Kommandant at Auschwitz (Da Capo Press, 1996): Compared to where I had been before, imprisonment with the IMT ...
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Were defendants at the Nuremberg trial allowed to deny the holocaust?

In answer to the question "Were the defendants at the Nuremberg Trials allowed to deny the Holocaust" there is the obvious answer: Yes, the individual plaintiffs could claim anything they wished; but ...
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Were defendants at the Nuremberg trial allowed to deny the holocaust?

To add to the answer by David Lovering, see “Ach die schöne Zeiten” (ISBN: 978-3-10-039304-3), containing letters sent from the staff at the camps to their families. They were proud of themselves and ...
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Has there been a soldier who refused a direct illegal order and was not prosecuted for insubordination (post-1945)?

Yes Per This article, it appears to have happened at least once. The article is about disobeying unlawful orders in general, but this particular section seems to best answer your question. The ...
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When and how did the term "Nazi" start replacing the term "Germans" in the context of WW2?

There is a conflict between Public History and scholarly historiography here. Public History in the West (“brainwashed boys”) and East (“Hitlerite fascists”) sought to create the myth of the Good ...
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Were defendants at the Nuremberg trial allowed to deny the holocaust?

Judicial Notice means that the court acknowledged certain matters sufficiently proven to be factual, therefore by taking "judicial notice" of the Holocaust the court determined that there was more ...
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