Hatfield, PA – In October 1945, following the Allied victory in Europe over the combined forces of Germany and Italy allied governments jointly agreed that those responsible for wartime atrocities must be held accountable and punished for their crimes. The International Military Tribunal was organized in the German city of Nuremberg to address this goal. Judges and prosecutors were appointed from the United States, the Soviet Union, Great Britain and France. Each appointed judges and supplied prosecutors to the Tribunal. Indictments were filed against 24 leading Nazi officials. The indicted include Hermann Goering, Rudolf Hess, Joachim von Ribbentrop, Wilhelm Keitel, Wilhelm Frick, Ernst Kaltenbrunner, Hans Frank, Konstantin von Neurath, Erich Raeder, Karl Doenitz, Alfred Jodl, Alfred Rosenberg, Baldur von, Julius Streicher, Fritz Sauckel, Albert Speer, and Arthur Seyss-Inquart. Martin Bormann was tried in absentia. The four counts of the indictment were: 1- Conspiracy to commit crimes alleged in other counts; 2- Crimes against peace; 3- War crimes; 4- Crimes against humanity. In the end twelve of the defendants were sentenced to death by hanging, three defendants were sentenced to life imprisonment, four defendants were sentenced to lengthy prison terms and three defendants were acquitted. The remaining two defendants never came to trial because one was declared medically unfit and the other committed suicide before the trial could be completed.
On April 22nd, 2017, Alderfer Auction in Hatfield, Pennsylvania, will auction a preliminary printed copy of the World War II war crimes tribunal at Nuremburg indictments titled “International Military Tribunal, No.1”. The printed document was obtained by Private Nicholas A. Arrigo of the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division in October 1945. Arrigo served in Europe during WWII and received the Purple Heart medal when he was wounded in Germany in February 1945. He fought in numerous battles and engagements and returned home to live out his life as a restaurant owner and police officer in Bucks County. Several other lots of this auction will offer items related to Arrigo’s military career. This preliminary printing of the indictments is a historic offering that is seldom encountered due to its ephemeral nature. The 43-page document details important aspects of the war and its aftermath and is an integral part of post war politics that shaped the world in which we live in today.
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