Trial of the Major War Criminals
before the International Military Tribunal

The Holocaust History Project has been, since its inception, transcribing a free, public copy of the Trial of the Major War Criminals before the International Military Tribunal, commonly known as the "blue series."

These volumes contain a complete transcript of everything said at the postwar Nuremberg Trial, where the leaders of the Nazi regime were tried, acquitted or convicted, and sentenced. The charges were conspiracy against peace, crimes against peace, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. For more information on the trial itself, please see our short essay The Nuremberg Trial.

The trial took fully a year and many thousands of documents were introduced into evidence. As a result, the series is enormous: the photo on the right shows only two-thirds of the collection. We will surely be spending many more years making this information available.

We feel it is important to do this for several reasons. The books are long out of print, difficult to find, and extremely expensive. Many university libraries have a copy in their collection; many do not. We feel that it is crucial to bring this information to as many people as possible, for the study of this momentous event in 1945 and 1946.

The following volumes are available in their entirety:

Volume I

Including Indictment, Judgment, and Sentences. 370 pp.

Volume II

Covering 1945 November 14 to November 30. 500 pp.

Volume III

Covering 1945 December 1 to December 14. 600 pp.

Volume IV

Covering 1945 December 17 to 1946 January 8. 570 pp.

It is entirely thanks to the work of Holocaust History Project volunteers Harry Mazal and Patrick Groff that this project progresses.

Other electronic reproductions of these works exist. We know of two. Yale Law Library's Avalon Project is transcribing these works as well, and has been very productive. One difference is that they do not seem to intend to provide page images, nor to show the individual pages, but are separating the text into sections. In an age where Holocaust-deniers refuse to accept any quotations with which they disagree, we feel it is important to offer scanned images of each page as well as their text (and we are working on catching up our scanned format with our textual format). Also, keeping pages separate makes these reference works easy to cite. (We are also looking into the possibility of providing a section-view that will show many pages at once.)

The second electronic production will remain nameless here; it is sold on CD-ROM and includes so many errors and omissions as to be worthless for serious study.