Nuremberg and Vietnam
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Nuremberg and Vietnam

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New School Office of the President Audiovisual Collection

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Physical Audio
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1/4 inch audio tape
This audio recording is of a meeting held at The New School on the subject of the Nuremberg Trials and the Vietnam War. Graduate Faculty dean Joseph Greenbaum opens the event with a brief introduction of president of the New School Alumni Association Julius Horowitz, who reviews the subject of the evening's discussion and introduces Associate Professor of Economics, City University of New York, Saul Jacobson, who speaks at 10:09, discussing the connections between the My Lai massacre, the trial of Lt. Calley, the Geneva Conventions, the Nuremberg and Tokyo Trials of World War II, and the conduct of the Vietnam War, and introduces the first panelist, New School Graduate Faculty Professor of Political Science George Ginsburgs, who speaks at 28:50. Ginsburgs argues that the precedents of Nuremberg and Tokyo suggest justification for war crimes trials for high-ranking U.S. military and civilian officials directing the Vietnam War. At 47: 42, Jacobson introduces Brooklyn College Professor of Political Science David Abbott, who argues that the unlikelihood of high-level war crimes trials means that political action to raise public consciousness of war crimes is necessary to uncover the nature and extent of atrocities in Vietnam. At 1:05:34, Jacobson opens the floor to questions, the topic of which include: the scope of accountability, the role of public awareness, the prospect of defeat in Vietnam, the political will for war trials, the Chinese view of the war, the possibility of an international court, and the role of the Democratic party in the antiwar movement.
April 30 1971
Related people
New School for Social Research (New York, N.Y. : 1919-1997) (producer)
Joseph Julius Greenbaum (speaker)
Julius Horowitz (speaker)
Saul Jacobson (speaker)
George Ginsburgs (speaker)
David W. Abbott (speaker)
The New School for Social Research Friday, April 30, 1971 Side I (container)
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