Holman now quotes from the well known cross examination of Hoess during the IMT.
The Nuremberg show trials, a Jewish act of revenge in line with Moscow pattern under American control, was directed collectively against the German leading elite and displayed the macabre picture with the victors being the prosecutors and judges.
quote Former Auschwitz commandant Rudolf Hšss was tortured by British officials into signing a false and self-incriminating "confession" that has been widely cited as a key document of Holocaust extermination. His testimony before the Nuremberg Tribunal, a high point of the proceeding, was perhaps the most striking and memorable evidence presented there of a German extermination program. (note 73) Hšss maintained that two and half million people had been end in Auschwitz gas chambers, and that another 500,000 inmates had died there of other causes. No serious or reputable historian now accepts either of these fantastic figures, and other key portions of Hšss' "confession" are now generally acknowledged to be untrue.-quote
No ordinary court would have accepted such a testimony, but would have rather thrown out the case. Except of course the Nuremberg courts.
quoteNo matter how many books are written or briefs filed, no matter how finely the lawyers analyzed it, the crime for which the Nazis were tried had never been formalized as a crime with the definiteness required by our legal standards, nor outlawed with a rest penalty by the international community. By our standards that crime arose under an ex post facto law. Goering et al deserved severe punishment. But their guilt did not justify us in subsbreastuting power for principle.-quote
U.S. Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas Kennedy, Profiles in Courage, (New York: Harper & Row, 1964),p.190.