Thomas J. Dodd and the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg

On 8 August 1945, the charter of the International Military Tribunal declared that aggressive war was an international crime. The subsequent establishment of an International Military Tribunal, located in Nuremberg, Germany, with the task of prosecuting the remaining major Nazi leaders for their actions both before and during World War II was precedent-setting. This would be the first time that an international court would hold the individual leaders of a nation responsible for its treatment of both its own citizens and citizens of other countries during war time. Connecticut’s own Thomas J. Dodd of Norwich, was appointed Executive Trial Counsel for the United States, working closely with Justice Robert Jackson to support the Allied case against the Nazi leaders. Dodd’s papers provide a unique perspective on the trial through this brief video summary.