Judgment at Nuremberg

They share with all the leaders
of the Third Reich...

responsibility for the most malignant,
the most calculated...

the most devastating crimes
in the history of all mankind.

And they are perhaps more guilty
than some of the others.

For they had attained maturity
long before Hitler's rise to power.

Their minds weren't warped at an early age
by Nazi teachings.

They embraced the ideologies
of the Third Reich as educated adults...

when they, most of all...
should have valued justice.
Here they'll receive the justice
they denied others.

They'll be judged according to the evidence
presented in this courtroom.

The prosecution asks nothing more.
Herr Rolfe will make the opening statement
for the defense.

May it please the tribunal...
it is not only a great honor...
but also a great challenge...
for an advocate...
to aid this tribunal in its task.
The entire civilized world...
will follow closely what we do here.
For this is not an ordinary trial...
by any means
of the accepted, parochial sense.

The avowed purpose of this tribunal...
Is broader than the visiting of retribution
on a few men.

It is dedicated to the reconsecration...