WAR CRIMES: Men of Good Will

The story, like so many others of the mid-20th Century, came to its end in a courtroom. But its beginnings were more auspicious. It began, more or less, on that day in 1926 when the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded jointly to French Foreign Minister Aristide Briand and German Foreign Minister Gustav Stresemann. Putting aside the enmities of World War I, Briand and Stresemann had signed at Locarno a mutual security pact.

To support their diplomacy of good will, the two men encouraged Franco-German youth congresses, literary and scientific conventions, exchanged theater companies, formed a Franco-German Society. In Paris, Briand...

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