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Decision: The Conflicts of Harry S. Truman - Execution Without Trial, Episode No. 4

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907 feet
Running Time
25 minutes
Film Gauge
Black & White
Produced by
Columbia Pictures - Ben Gradus in association with Screen Gems and David Noyes

Episode 4.  Execution Without Trial. This episode deals with the Nuremburg Trials.


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Shot List

  • Reel 1
1:00   Harry S. Truman at desk speaks of Nazi's and S.S.
1:40   Hermann Goering - Adolf Hitler.
2:00   Introduction; credits.
2:40   Nazi rally; Hitler in parade; airplanes and bombing; combat scenes.
4:00   German children - Hitler Youths.
4:27   Truman speaks on punishing Nazi's; says Allies wanted execution.
4:53   Hitler; combat scenes -- Hitler Youth.
5:30   Franklin D. Roosevelt in car; war scenes; Roosevelt and Winston Churchill.
6:00   Corpses on battlefield; German prisoners.
6:20   Samuel Rosenman, Special Counsel to the President, speaks of President Roosevelt sending him on special mission to talk with Churchill on trying Nazi war criminals.
6:54   Truman walks out of Blair House.
7:05   Truman speaks on his briefing on plans for war trials.
7:31   World War I soldiers on horses; newspaper photo of Kaiser Wilhelm; voice-over of Truman speaking of Kaiser's escape to Holland after World War I; Germans tried their own criminals.
8:20   Hitler; book Mein Kampf; German scenes; book burning.
8:50   Truman standing by photo of League of Nations; Molotov is seated.
9:43   Truman at photo of Josef Stalin and says Stalin offered a toast at Potsdam to the execution of Nazi War Criminals.
9:58   Capitol Building in Washington.
10:03   Truman addressing Congress about punishing Nazi criminals.
10:25   Soldiers; GI's view Concentration Camps.
10:50   Nazi soldiers.
11:00   Truman speaks on trials; reason for wanting this.
11:37   Rosenman speaks of reaction to trial idea from Churchill and Allies; they wanted it treated as a political matter.
11:54   Truman (before picture of Napoleon) says didn't want what happened to Napoleon Bonaparte to happen to Hitler.
12:30   Surrender of Nazis; firing squads.
12:54   Truman speaks of Sam Rosenman and his assignments.
13:35   Germany; scenes of war, capture.
14:24   Bodies from Concentration Camps.
14:45   Dachau carnival interspersed with Concentration Camp scenes.
16:04   Heinrich Himmler walking through Concentration Camp.
16:07   Hitler with children, laughing.
16:30   Hermann Goering and family.
16:38   Truman speaks of determination to document what had happened; Roseman called him to tell him Anthony Eden still wanted execution without trial.
17:10   Anthony Eden walking.
17:25   Military courts in other countries trying smaller Nazi spies.
17:52   Truman speaks about lack of support for his plans for a trial.
18:03   New York Times says there is no need for a trial; other papers say likewise; newspaper and magazine stands shown.
18:30   Truman speaks of opposition by U.S. Military brass.
19:06   Soldiers walking; Truman voice-over asks who is a blame - soldiers or commander or heads of government; Hitler scenes.
19:37   Concentration Camp liberation.
19:40   Justice Robert Jackson speaks of his undertaking of the Nuremberg Trials.
20:00   Truman speak of Germans helping by their keeping of records.
20:16   Justice Robert H. Jackson speaks of his capability to prosecute war criminals.
20:36   Truman speaks of Jackson's opposition to types of war trials held after World War I and to what happened to Benito Mussolini.
20:46   Mussolini; death of.
21:18   Blowing up of Nazi emblem.
21:30   Sam Rosenman with others at desk; voice-over of Truman telling how England wanted immediate execution; Concentration Camp - aerial view.
22:01   Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, (Charles DeGaulle in background). Germans are marching through Concentration Camp; view atrocities, incinerators, tattooed skin, etc.
22:23   Truman speaks of Anthony Eden (standing before photo of him). Eden eventually was convinced to follow our way.
23.10   Justice Jackson emerging from plane in Europe.
23:19   Truman speaks of trials.
23:34   Photo of Jackson and others.
23:45   Building where Nuremberg trials were held.
23:53   Trials; Nazi war criminals, seated with earphones on; Herman Goering, Rudolf Hess, Wilhelm Frick, and Field Marshall Wilhelm Keitel can be seen.
24:45   Truman speaks of trials and their purpose.