Jonathan Myerson

Nuremberg: The Trial of the Nazi War Criminals
  • Nuremberg: The Trial of the Nazi War Criminals

    • Jonathan Myerson

    • Alex Kingston (Read by)

    • Full Cast (Read by)

    • Henry Goodman (Read by)

    • Freddie Fox (Read by)

    • Natalie Dormer (Read by)

    A 16-part dramatised reconstruction of a landmark moment in history - the groundbreaking trial of the 22 most notorious Nazi war criminals

    Summer, 1945. The war is over, and Germany has surrendered. Across Europe, the top surviving Nazis are being tracked down, arrested, and imprisoned in a once-opulent Luxembourg hotel, on 24-hour suicide watch. Now, the Allies must decide what to do with them. After much deliberation, Britain, America, Russia and France agree that Hitler's high command must be formally tried. This will be an entirely new kind of trial, with utterly new charges: those of 'Crimes against Humanity' and 'Genocide'. And before it can even take place, numerous crises and obstacles must be overcome...

    As court proceedings finally get underway, the enormity of the Nazis' crimes is revealed via a mountain of documentary evidence: and chilling footage of the concentration camps. Over the next 218 days, the accused - among them Hitler's architect and close ally, Albert Speer, and deputy Hermann Goering - are cross-examined, and forced to admit to the shabby gangsterism of the Nazi war machine. With the judges' verdict imminent, who will be executed, and who acquitted?

    Featuring a stellar cast, including Henry Goodman, Freddie Fox, Alex Kingston and Natalie Dormer, Jonathan Myerson's epic series brings the process alive from the ground up. We see the trial - and the events leading up to it - through the eyes of some of the myriad individuals involved: the US Army officer guarding the cells; the Russian interpreter translating the indictments; the psychologist who runs tests on the defendants, hoping to find the mystery of human evil; and the young German girl working in the court cafeteria, who must come to terms with her country's collective guilt.

    Drawing on eyewitness testimony, contemporary reports, over 20 volumes of court transcripts and more than 2000 hours of audio and newsreel, this comprehensive drama gives us a fresh understanding of the immense achievement of those who fought for justice in 'the last battle of World War II' - and reveals how that phenomenal historical moment shaped our world today.

    Also included is a bonus interview in which Jonathan Myerson discusses the writing of Nuremberg with Kristan McMahon of the Robert H. Jackson Center.

    Credits
    Written and directed by Jonathan Myerson
    Produced by Nicholas Newton
    Sound Designer: Adam Woodhams
    Studio Manager: Mark Smith
    Casting Director: Ginny Schiller
    Original Score: Metaphor Music
    A Promenade Production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds

    First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 27 August-15 October 2021

    With thanks to Kristan McMahon

    © 2022 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd
    (p) 2022 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd

Jonathan Myerson is an author, playwright and screenwriter who has written numerous plays for television and radio. His animated film The Canterbury Tales won the 1999 BAFTA Award for Best Animated Film.

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