German Elites Facing Trial

In 1946–49, the United States held the so-called Follow-up Trials. As in the "Trial of the Main War Criminals", the counts of the indictment were aggressive war, war crimes and crimes against humanity. The trials revealed the extent to which National Socialist tyranny was supported by the German elites. The defendants were generals, doctors, diplomats, jurists and industrialists, government officials as well as heads of the SS and the police. The sentences varied greatly, from acquittal to death sentences. The last perpetrators to be imprisoned were released as early as 1958. In the context of the exhibition visit, the discussion will address the questions of who was responsible for these decisions and how they were reached.

During the visit to the permanent exhibition, all Follow-up trials will be compared with the "Trial of the Main War Criminals" and with each other, illustrating common points and differences. The 3-hour version takes a closer look mainly at the crimes committed by the Wehrmacht. In the 4-hour programme, the group will also address the Einsatzgruppen Trial. Further focus topics, such as the Industrialists' Trials, may be arranged in advance.

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