WAR CRIMES: Indefensibles' Defense

As the defense at Nürnberg opened its case last week, the Russian judges, aloof as statues, sat at the far end of the tribunal's bench. In their hard eyes, the fate of the accused was settled. But the 22 defense lawyers would fight hard, even though they had to defend the indefensible.

Many shared with their colleagues of the prosecution a feeling for the trial's grave historic impact. Said Hess's lawyer Dr. Alfred Seidl: "This is as new to me as it is to [Chief U.S. Prosecutor] Jackson. We are all groping in the dark. . . . We are...

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