If you live in the Twin Cities area and are interested in the war crimes trials held at Nuremberg seventy years ago, this is your lucky week!
Tomorrow night (Wednesday, Nov. 11) at 7pm, World Without Genocide and several local co-sponsors will present a talk by law professor Michael Bayzler, co-author of Forgotten Trials of the Holocaust. The talk will be at William Mitchell Law School in St. Paul. Tickets cost $10 for the general public, $5 for students and seniors; it’s free for law students at Hamline and William Mitchell. (It also carries continuing ed credit if you’re a lawyer or teacher.) No reservations are needed.
If you can’t make it on Wednesday night, you get a second crack at the same speaker on Thursday night (Nov. 12, also 7pm) when Prof. Bayzler speaks at Historic Fort Snelling, as part of the Dr. Harold C. Deutsch World War II History Round Table. This time he’ll focus on lesser known trials, as the round table newsletter explains:
Over the next seventy years there were trials for the lesser known perpetrators of the Holocaust in many different countries and under widely varying legal systems. The most famous trial was that of SS-Lieutenant Colonel Adolf Eichmann in Israel in 1961-1962. There would be trials for the camp commandants like Amon Göth (made famous in the movie Schindler’s List) in Poland, and camp personnel at Dachau by the United States Forces Europe, Germans trying German personnel from Auschwitz, collaborators like Pierre Laval in France, female Nazi camp personnel of Ravensbruck under British jurisdiction, and Jewish kapos (Concentration Camp Jews who worked for the Nazis) in the newly formed state of Israel. Each country had to wrestle not only with how to mete out a paltry justice for the victims but its with own conscience.
The Round Table suggest a $5 donations, with no cost for students and veterans.