National Socialism on Trial

In the course of the Nuremberg Trials, the entire scope of the National Socialist atrocities was revealed to the world. Over 65 million people died in World War II, roughly corresponding to the number of people living in France today. When establishing the tribunal, the allied powers pursued the aims of solving and punishing Nazi crimes and of deterrence. In Germany, at the time, the trials were largely ignored, seen with scepticism or openly rejected. Quite a few spoke of "victors' justice".

The moderated discussion programmes will focus on the Nuremberg Trial of the Main War Criminals. Participants will analyse passages from the indictment and the defence documents, as well as from the judges' reasoning. Discussions will address the importance of the Nuremberg Trials for the immediate post-war years and right up to the present day. There will also be an opportunity to discuss other questions which might have arisen during the exhibition visit.

The programme comprises a guided tour of the exhibition and Court Room 600 (if no trial is in progress) and seminar modules in the Study Centre.

In the 3-hour version, participants will take an additional close look at the (international) legal foundation for the Nuremberg Trials. The 4-hour version is further supplemented with a module on the role of the Nuremberg Trials as a model for today's International Criminal Court in The Hague.

Target group:

Students over 14, adults


History for All - Institute for Regional History(GFA)

FormatDurationTarget groupLanguageParticipants (max)Cost * 
Moderated Discussions 120 minutesA en 25 50,00 €Enquiry
Moderated Discussions 180 minutesA en 25 70,00 €Enquiry
Moderated Discussions 240 minutesA en 25 90,00 €Enquiry
Moderated Discussions 120 minutesB en 25 80,00 €Enquiry
Moderated Discussions 180 minutesB en 25 110,00 €Enquiry
Moderated Discussions 240 minutesB en 25 140,00 €Enquiry
  • A = School and university students, young people (up to 18 years of age), apprentices, members of police and German army
  • B = Adults and tourists

* All prices are plus Admission price