One of the greatest courtroom dramas in history, Nuremberg: Its Lesson For Today shows how the four allied prosecution teams — from the United States, Great Britain, France, and the Soviet Union — built their case against the top Nazi leaders. As documented in the film, the trial established the "Nuremberg principles," laying the groundwork for all subsequent prosecutions, anywhere in the world, for crimes against the peace, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide.
The film premiered in The Hague as the centerpiece of the Erasmus Prize ceremonies. In 2009, the Prize was awarded to Ben Ferencz, one of the original Nuremberg prosecutors, who is now 90, and to Antonio Cassese, first President of the International Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and currently President of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.
The original film was written and directed by Stuart Schulberg, and edited by Joseph Zigman, under the aegis of Pare Lorentz, chief of Film/Theatre/Music at the U.S. War Department, and completed by Schulberg in 1948, under the aegis of Eric Pommer, chief of the Motion Picture Branch of U.S. Military Government in Berlin.
The film makes extensive use of footage from The Nazi Plan and Nazi Concentration Camps, evidentiary films compiled under the supervision of Budd Schulberg, that were presented at the Nuremberg trial.
Schulberg Productions and Metropolis Productions now present the first complete 35mm picture and sound restoration of the U.S. Government's 1948 film about the first Nuremberg trial - the International Military Tribunal.