Hermann Göring was first. Slimmed down, limply clad in a grey suit that once fitted him snugly, he strode into the courtroom at Nürnberg, flanked by two white-helmeted military policemen. He stood erect under the glaring lights, fixed headphones to his ears. British Presiding Lord Justice Sir Geoffrey Lawrence looked sternly down on the No. 2 Nazi and pronounced sentence: death by hanging.

It was the last act in the drama of the war crimes trial that had begun ten months before. It moved swiftly. Göring took off his headphones, turned swiftly...

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