Great Crimes and Trials (sometimes titled Great Crimes and Trials of the Twentieth Century) is a documentary series narrated by Robert Powell. Featuring re-constructed and actual archive footage, the series charts the crimes of the most infamous villains ever including Dillinger, Manson, The Yorkshire Ripper, Jack the Ripper and Dr Crippen.
Runtime: 30 minutes
Great Crimes and Trials - Leipzig War Crimes Trials - Netflix
The Leipzig War Crimes Trials were a series of trials held in 1921 to try alleged German war criminals of the First World War before the German Reichsgericht (Supreme Court) in Leipzig, as part of the penalties imposed on the German government under the Treaty of Versailles. Only twelve individuals were brought to trial (with mixed results), and the proceedings were widely regarded at the time as a failure. In the longer term, however, the trials have been seen as a significant step towards the introduction of a comprehensive system for the prosecution of violations of international law.
Great Crimes and Trials - The trials - Netflix
The trials were held before the Reichsgericht (comprising seven judges) in Leipzig from 23 May to 16 July 1921. The cases tried were: Sergeant Karl Heynen, charged with mistreating British POWs. He was sentenced to a brief prison term of ten months. Captain Emil Müller, charged with mistreating POWs. He was sentenced to six months in prison. Private Robert Neumann, charged with mistreating prisoners of war. He was sentenced to six months in prison. Commander Karl Neumann of U-boat UC-67 who sank the hospital ship Dover Castle in compliance with superior orders. He was found not guilty due to the fact that he was following orders. First-Lieutenants Ludwig Dithmar and John Boldt, charged with war crimes on the high seas. They were two officers of the submarine SM U-86 that had sunk the Canadian hospital ship Llandovery Castle and then machine-gunned survivors in the lifeboats. They were each sentenced to four years in prison. Their commanding officer, Helmut Brümmer-Patzig, had fled to the Free City of Danzig and was never prosecuted. Max Ramdohr, charged with crimes against the civilian noncombatants in occupied Belgium. He was found not guilty. Lieutenant-General Karl Stenger and Major Benno Crusius, charged with mistreating French POWs. Stenger was found not guilty, while Crusius was sentenced to two years in prison. First-Lieutenant Adolph Laule, charged with crimes against the civilian population of occupied France. He was found not guilty. Lieutenant-General Hans von Schack and Major-General Benno Kruska, charged with mistreating POWs. Both were found not guilty.
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