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Nuremberg: Its Lesson for Today

Nuremberg: Its Lesson for Today

The Schulberg/Waletzky Restoration

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 6:30 pm

Attendees saw the highly acclaimed restoration of Nuremberg, the U.S. government’s long-suppressed 1948 documentary about the trial of top Nazi leaders.

One of the greatest courtroom dramas in history, Nuremberg shows how international prosecutors built their case using the Nazis’ own films and records. The trial established the “Nuremberg principles” — the foundation for all subsequent trials for crimes against peace, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide. 

The film was introduced by Ambassador David Scheffer, the Mayer Brown/Robert A. Helman Professor of Law and director of the Center for International Human Rights at Northwestern University School of Law. Ambassador Scheffer served as the first U.S. ambassador-at-large for war crimes issues (from 1997 to 2001) and led American initiatives on war crimes tribunals during the 1990s. He was selected by Foreign Policy magazine as one of the Top Global Thinkers of 2011 and is the author of All the Missing Souls: A Personal History of the War Crimes Tribunals.

A post-screening discussion featured restoration producer Sandra Schulberg, daughter of Stuart Schulberg, the film’s original writer/director. Ms. Schulberg is a distinguished movie producer whose credits include the Oscar-nominated Quills, Undisputed, and Waiting for the Moon. A professor at Columbia University’s graduate film school and a longtime advocate of independent films, she founded IFP (now the largest organization of independent filmmakers in the U.S) and co-founded First Run Features.

The discussion focused on why U.S. officials banned the initial American release for political reasons, as revealed in documents unearthed by Sandra Schulberg and fellow scholars who are now unraveling the mysteries surrounding this historic film.

The Film is in English & German with English Subtitles.


Haunting and vivid. What this documentary shows is how a vital and indispensable principle of
humanity was restored. 
– The New York Times

More powerful than any fictional courtroom drama could hope to be.
– New York Magazine

A real life courtroom drama, suppressed - by Nina Metz for the Chicago Tribune

History Speaks Loudly in Rescued 'Nuremberg' - by Michael Fox, Film Critic for the Chicago Jewish Star

Related Exhibit

A related exhibit, Lawyers Without Rights: Jewish Lawyers Under the Third Reich, will be open on the mezzanine at Spertus through August 7. Lawyers Without Rights explores the Nazi treatment of German Jewish lawyers. This exhibit is presented by the German Federal Bar in cooperation with the American Bar Association and its Section of International Law.


This event was organized in conjunction with the American Bar Association’s CLE Showcase Program on Nuremberg at its Annual Meeting in Chicago. The ABA thanks Spertus and the Global Institute for the Prevention of Aggression for making this screening possible.