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History Research Guide - World War II: War Trials

A guide to the resources available in the library on World War II.

Books in the Library

Possible Topics

Here are some topic questions to help you get started on your paper.

There were two major trials conducted for war crimes after WWII, one in Tokyo and one in Nuremberg. Who conducted the War Crime trials? How were they conducted and were there any differences between the two? How long did the trials last? Who was charged in the Tokyo trials? Who was charged in the Nuremberg trials? Who wasn't charged in the Nuremberg trials? Why? Did these trials have any diplomatical consequences? Were there any political or diplomatical challenges during the trials?

Efforts have been made to catch the Nazis that fled to other countries. When was the last Nazi caught? Have all of the Nazi criminals been brought to justice? What is being done to gather up the last of them? Is it worth wasting effort, time, and money to catch old men who must be close to dying?

Nuremberg Trials


Nuremberg Trials: Looking Down on the Defendants' Dock, 1945-1946. Courtesy of the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration.

Online Resources