defendants under heavy guard during the Nuremberg War Crimes
National Archives, courtesy of USHMM Photo Archives
The term "Nuremberg Defense" was originally coined during
the Nazi war crimes trials at Nuremberg after World War II.
Nazi war criminals who were charged with genocide, mass murder,
torture and other atrocities used the defense "I was only
following orders" so frequently that the argument became
known generically as "The Nuremberg Defense".
After World War II the
world was faced with the question of whether or not the Nazi's and
the German people were different in some way that allowed them to
commit such atrocities. Were they more conditioned than the rest of
us to be obedient? Could that explain The Holocaust?
In 1964 Stanley
Milgram, a Harvard psychologist, conducted an experiment to answer
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