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The story of the trial of Nazi war criminals following Germany's surrender in 1945. New drama podcast exclusive to BBC Podcasts.

Nuremberg: The Trial of the Nazi War Criminals BBC

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The story of the trial of Nazi war criminals following Germany's surrender in 1945. New drama podcast exclusive to BBC Podcasts.

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    Episode 13 - Just Another Swindle

    Episode 13 - Just Another Swindle

    An ordinary man gives evidence. He killed 90,000 Jews. He wouldn’t disobey an order.

    April 1946, the trial continues but the German people either don’t believe the evidence or just ignore it. Is it because or in spite of the horrific evidence? But they have to start paying attention – only then can the healing begin.

    Trial fatigue is setting in: British and American newspapers only want the gruesome stories, and the Germans are doggedly uninterested – it’s either lies or they should just get on and execute them. Even Otto Ohlendorf, who led an SS Einsatzkommando which cold-bloodedly shot 90,000 Jews, talks like an accountant. Starring Alex Kingston as Madeleine Jacob, French foreign correspondent and featuring Jonathan Cullen as Otto Ohlendorf, called to give testimony of his own soldiers’ barbarism.

    Madeleine Jacob - ALEX KINGSTON
    Christa - ROSIE SHEEHY
    Daily Mirror Reporter - ANDREW WOODALL
    New York Post Reporter - HARI DHILLON
    Herald Tribune Reporter - CLIVE WOOD
    Sir David Maxwell-Fyfe - FORBES MASSON
    John Amen - JOSEPH ALESSI
    Roman Rudenko - NIGEL LINDSAY
    Charles Dubost - ILAN GOODMAN
    Bishop of Limburg - NATHAN WILEY
    Robert H Jackson - JOSEPH MYDELL
    Titles - LEWIS MACLEOD

    Sound Designer - ADAM WOODHAMS
    Studio Manager - MARK SMITH
    Casting Director - GINNY SCHILLER
    Original Score - METAPHOR MUSIC
    Writer and Director - JONATHAN MYERSON
    Producer - NICHOLAS NEWTON

    A Promenade Production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds

    Episode 16 - No Trace Will Remain

    Episode 16 - No Trace Will Remain

    11 will die, 7 imprisoned, 3 acquitted. And one more surprise on the night of the hangings.

    On 30th September 1946, the Judges announce their verdicts. And the sentences to be imposed – death or imprisonment or freedom. But come the night of the executions, Hermann Goering has one last surprise.

    And now it’s time for the verdicts: 11 will be hanged, 7 are given prison sentences and 3 are set free. Everyone is surprised by the acquittals and at a hasty press conference, the free men trade autographs for chocolate (but are re-arrested by German authorities as soon as they leave the building). Meanwhile Sergeant Woods, the US Army’s hangman, is on site, building the gallows. The night comes but Goering has managed to hide one last cyanide capsule to evade the noose. Starring Nicholas Woodeson as Sir Geoffrey Lawrence and featuring Nathan Wiley as Master Sergeant Woods, the US Army’s executioner.

    Emma Schwabenland - NATALIE DORMER
    Sir Geoffrey Lawrence - NICHOLAS WOODESON
    Francis Biddle - CLIVE WOOD
    Iona Nikitchenko - HENRY GOODMAN
    Sir David Maxwell-Fyfe - FORBES MASSON
    Colonel Burton Andrus - JOSEPH ALESSI
    Hermann Goering - NIGEL LINDSAY
    Rudolf Hess - JOSEPH MYDELL
    New York Post Reporter - HARI DHILLON
    Daily Express Reporter - ROSIE SHEEHY
    Sir Norman Birkett and other roles - ANDREW WOODALL
    John Parker and other roles - NATHAN WILEY
    Henri De Vabres and other roles - JONATHAN CULLEN
    Pastor Gerecke and other roles - ILAN GOODMAN
    Otto Kranzbühler and other roles - MARK EDEL-HUNT
    Joachim von Ribbentrop and other roles - JASPER BRITTON
    Titles - LEWIS MACLEOD

    Sound Designer - ADAM WOODHAMS
    Studio Manager - MARK SMITH
    Casting Director - GINNY SCHILLER
    Original Score - METAPHOR MUSIC
    Writer and Director - JONATHAN MYERSON
    Producer - NICHOLAS NEWTON

    A Promenade Production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds

    Episode 12 - Glory or Disgrace

    Episode 12 - Glory or Disgrace

    Goering enters the witness box. He has a whole new defence planned: martyrdom.

    March 1946 and it’s time to hear the Defence Case. Goering is first into the witness box but he seems unashamed, proud of what the Nazis achieved. His duel with the prosecutors begins and they have to outwit him, have to find a way to demolish his attempt at martyrdom.

    Once in the witness box, Hermann Goering, unlike the other defendants, doesn’t pretend to be ignorant of what went on or claim that his signature was faked. He is proud of what the Nazi Regime achieved for Germany and intends to go down in a blaze of Wagnerian martyrdom. This wrong-foots Jackson during his cross-examination but when Maxwell-Fyfe takes over, he forces Goering to admit to the shabby, gangsterism of the Nazi machine. Starring Nigel Lindsay as Hermann Goering and Forbes Masson as Sir David Maxwell-Fyfe.

    Gustav Gilbert - ED STOPPARD
    Robert H Jackson - JOSEPH MYDELL
    Hermann Goering - NIGEL LINDSAY
    Sir Geoffrey Lawrence - NICHOLAS WOODESON
    Sir David Maxwell-Fyfe - FORBES MASSON
    Julius Streicher - HENRY GOODMAN
    Court Marshall - JASPER BRITTON
    Titles - LEWIS MACLEOD

    Sound Designer - ADAM WOODHAMS
    Studio Manager - MARK SMITH
    Casting Director - GINNY SCHILLER
    Original Score - METAPHOR MUSIC
    Writer and Director - JONATHAN MYERSON
    Producer - NICHOLAS NEWTON

    A Promenade Production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds

    Episode 7 - Naming the Names

    Episode 7 - Naming the Names

    Who will be indicted? Will they have lawyers? Will the courtroom ever be ready?

    September 1945. Everyone is gathering in Nuremberg for the ‘Trial Of The Century’ except the courtroom isn’t ready, the judges are still in Berlin and none of the Nazis have lawyers – and exactly who will be formally accused?

    It’s the last few weeks before the trial: who will actually be indicted? The names keep changing – and there are still some surprises...and blunders. And will the courtroom be rebuilt on time? It doesn’t help when the floor collapses. And who will actually serve the indictments on the defendants? Major Neave, fluent German-speaker and first man to escape from Colditz, is tasked with serving the indictments. Starring Freddie Fox as Major Airey Neave, Court Liaison Officer, and featuring Clive Wood as Francis Biddle, Principal American judge.

    Major Airey Neave - FREDDIE FOX
    Peggy - ROSIE SHEEHY
    Robert H Jackson - JOSEPH MYDELL
    Sir Geoffrey Lawrence - NICHOLAS WOODESON
    Sir David Maxwell-Fyfe - FORBES MASSON
    Judge Biddle - CLIVE WOOD
    Colonel Burton Andrus - JOSEPH ALESSI
    Hermann Goering - NIGEL LINDSAY
    Iona Nikitchenko - HENRY GOODMAN
    Harold Willey and other roles - ILAN GOODMAN
    Sir Norman Birkett and other roles - ANDREW WOODALL
    Colonel Gill and other roles - NATHAN WILEY
    Joachim von Ribbentrop and other roles - JASPER BRITTON
    Henri Donnedieu de Vabres and other roles - JONATHAN CULLEN
    Titles - LEWIS MACLEOD

    Sound Designer - ADAM WOODHAMS
    Studio Manager - MARK SMITH
    Casting Director - GINNY SCHILLER
    Original Score - METAPHOR MUSIC
    Writer and Director - JONATHAN MYERSON
    Producer - NICHOLAS NEWTON

    A Promenade Production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds

    Episode 14 - Everyone Knew

    Episode 14 - Everyone Knew

    What does it take to get ordinary German people to acknowledge their guilt?

    As more evidence emerges of Nazi Crimes – the camps, the slave labour ministry, the euthanasia programme – all Germans must come to terms with their own individual guilt. They can no longer pretend they didn’t know.

    The Accused Men employ a range of limp excuses for their behaviour, claiming they knew nothing, that it was all done by Himmler (now conveniently dead), that they had no choice. But the testimony of Hermann Graebe, a German engineer working in occupied Ukraine, who stumbled across a mass shooting, silences the courtroom and brings home to Christa, a German civilian working at the Court, the enormity of the Nazi crimes. (Graebe was later named one of the Righteous Among Nations at the Yad Vashem Memorial). Starring Rosie Sheehy as Christa and featuring Henry Goodman as Hermann Graebe, witness to a mass execution.

    Madeleine Jacob - ALEX KINGSTON
    Christa - ROSIE SHEEHY
    Hermann Graebe - HENRY GOODMAN
    Herald Tribune Reporter - CLIVE WOOD
    Daily Mirror Reporter - ANDREW WOODALL
    New York Post Reporter - HARI DHILLON
    Sir Geoffrey Lawrence - NICHOLAS WOODESON
    John Amen - JOSEPH ALESSI
    Roman Rudenko - NIGEL LINDSAY
    Sir David Maxwell-Fyfe - FORBES MASSON
    Marie-Claude Vaillant-Couturier - KATE PHILLIPS
    Rudolf Hoess - JASPER BRITTON
    Wilhelm Keitel - JONATHAN CULLEN
    Walther Funk and other roles - ILAN GOODMAN
    Fritz Sauckel and other roles - MARK EDEL-HUNT
    Titles - LEWIS MACLEOD

    Sound Designer - ADAM WOODHAMS
    Studio Manager - MARK SMITH
    Casting Director - GINNY SCHILLER
    Original Score - METAPHOR MUSIC
    Writer and Director - JONATHAN MYERSON
    Producer - NICHOLAS NEWTON

    A Promenade Production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds

    Episode 9 - To Stay the Hand of Vengeance

    Episode 9 - To Stay the Hand of Vengeance

    Without simultaneous translation the trial cannot happen. It’s never been done before.

    20th November 1945 and the Defendants take their place in the dock – 22 of the most senior Nazis, representing each component of Hitler’s machine. But without simultaneous translation the trial will be unworkable – are the interpreters ready? Can they manage 100 words-per-minute? This has never been done before.

    Nuremberg was the first ever use of simultaneous translation of every spoken word, into at least three other languages...they said it couldn’t be done. But it was. And the trial would have been impossible without it. And once the indictments have been read, Robert Jackson, Chief US Prosecutor stands to make the opening speech. Starring Amanda Ryan as Tatiana Sablikova, a Russian translator and Joseph Mydell as Robert H Jackson.

    Tatiana Sablikova - AMANDA RYAN
    Leon Dostert - CLIVE WOOD
    Robert H Jackson - JOSEPH MYDELL
    Sir Geoffrey Lawrence - NICHOLAS WOODESON
    Robert Storey- HARI DHILLON
    Sir David Maxwell-Fyfe- FORBES MASSON
    Albert Speer - JOSEPH ALESSI
    Hermann Goering and other roles - NIGEL LINDSAY
    Joachim von Ribbentrop and other roles - JASPER BRITTON
    Hans Fritzsche and other roles - NATHAN WILEY
    Wilhelm Keitel - JONATHAN CULLEN
    Russian Interpreter and other roles - ILAN GOODMAN
    German Interpreter and other roles - MARK EDEL-HUNT
    French Interpreter and other roles - ANDREW WOODALL
    Russian Prosecutor - HENRY GOODMAN
    Titles - LEWIS MACLEOD

    Sound Designer - ADAM WOODHAMS
    Studio Manager - MARK SMITH
    Casting Director - GINNY SCHILLER
    Original Score - METAPHOR MUSIC
    Writer and Director - JONATHAN MYERSON
    Producer - NICHOLAS NEWTON

    A Promenade Production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds

Customer Reviews

3.4 out of 5
86 Ratings

86 Ratings

Fern415 ,

May be good content

But atrocious American accents make it unlistenable.

oldjohnhall ,

Very campy, poor accents

Very campy, the American accents are atrocious

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Riveting

Absolutely riveting and so important to hear about and to remember these atrocities. This production is very well done.

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