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Strange 'confessions' at Soviet mock trials

Postby hermod » 4 years 10 months ago (Thu Jan 22, 2015 10:39 am)

As we all know here, the Nuremberg show trials were some kind of Soviet-style victors' judicial lynching party, a shameless theatrical mockery of justice largely based on weird 'confessions' and 'testimonies'.

Below, a news article of February 1949 on Soviet mock trials sounding familiar to those who know the Nuremberg 'trials' in depth:

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http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article ... rm=fascist

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J%C3%B3zsef_Mindszenty

Iona Nikitchenko

Major-General Iona Timofeevich Nikitchenko (Russian: Иона Тимофеевич Никитченко) (June 28, 1895, Don Voisko Oblast, Russian Empire – April 22, 1967, Moscow, Russian SFSR) was a judge of the Supreme Court of the Soviet Union.

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Nikitchenko presided over some of the most notorious of Joseph Stalin's show trials during the Great Purges of 1936 to 1938, where he among other things sentenced Kamenev and Zinoviev.

Nuremberg Trial

Nikitchenko was one of the three main drafters of the London Charter (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuremberg_Charter). He was also the Soviet Union's judge at the Nuremberg trials, and was President for the session at Berlin. Nikitchenko's prejudices were evident from the outset. Before the Tribunal convened, Nikitchenko explained the Soviet perspective of the trials:

"We are dealing here with the chief war criminals who have already been convicted and whose conviction has been already announced by both the Moscow and Crimea [Yalta] declarations by the heads of the [Allied] governments.... The whole idea is to secure quick and just punishment for the crime."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iona_Nikitchenko
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Re: Strange 'confessions' at Soviet mock trials

Postby cold beer » 4 years 10 months ago (Sun Feb 01, 2015 4:14 am)

I can't overstate how important I think this article is.
Most people will give next to no weight to arguments by a revisionist that German confessions were coerced and aren't evidence of proof on any level.
The spectacle of the Nuremberg trials is too overpowering, whatever determinations that were reached, aside from maybe some minor details, must be irrefutable.
But newspapers are estalishment, this article and the analogy made can introduce doubt.

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Re: Strange 'confessions' at Soviet mock trials

Postby Hektor » 4 years 10 months ago (Sun Feb 01, 2015 10:13 am)

cold beer wrote:I can't overstate how important I think this article is.
Most people will give next to no weight to arguments by a revisionist that German confessions were coerced and aren't evidence of proof on any level.
The spectacle of the Nuremberg trials is too overpowering, whatever determinations that were reached, aside from maybe some minor details, must be irrefutable.
But newspapers are estalishment, this article and the analogy made can introduce doubt.


I wonder what they'd make of Rudolf Hoess statement:

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https://archive.org/details/RudolfHoess ... VerhoerIMT


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