LESSON

Living Histories: Seven Stories from the Holocaust

Lesson By: USC Shoah Foundation
Grade Range: 9-12
Subjects Covered: History & Geography; Government & Civics; Religion; Psychology; Language Arts; Visual Arts

Alfred Steer, War Crimes Trials Participant: Responsibility and Justice

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Alfred Steer, War Crimes Trials Participant: Responsibility and Justice

Alfred Steer

Language: English

In his testimony, Alfred Steer, the head of the language division at the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg, describes his unique role in both the court proceedings and in creation of the historical record. The lesson’s theme probes the fundamental concepts of responsibility and justice as they relate to the trials, the Holocaust, and contemporary events.

What we did at Nuremberg, I think, is of epochal importance. We, for the first time in human history, so far as I know, set up a court that sat in moral judgment, legal judgment on the people that started and pursued a war.

—Alfred Steer