An Outline of Francine Hirsch’s The Soviets at Nuremberg

The overall subject of the article covers the place of the Soviet Union during the Nuremberg trials and the way in which the trials became a way of determining the post-war order between the U.S., Britain, and the USSR. Hirsch makes the argument that the U.S. was able to dominate the International Military Tribunal and use it as a way to expose the inadequacies of the Soviet propaganda state. The sources that she utilized came from a variety of scholarly sources like Yale and Oxford while the photographs and images were provided by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and from collections of articles from Izvestiia. The images provided allowed for a look into what exactly the Soviet citizens were seeing during the trial. It should be noted that none of the cartoons in the article glorify the Soviet Union’s position in the trial, but rather focuses on dehumanizing the war criminals. It is evident that she choose to place the pictures at the top where they could be quickly cited, summed up, and introduce the reader to the topic on the page. Her ultimate conclusion is that the IMT served as the first “front” for the Cold War, as the U.S. was able to dominate it well enough that it became a problem for Soviet newspapers. When things like the secret clauses in the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact came to light, there was very little that the Soviets could do to control that secret, given the fact that the news teams were working with incredibly short deadlines, leaving very little time for review.

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