By Martin Bright
An extraordinary lost film of the Nuremberg war crimes trial enjoyed its UK premiere this week six decades after it was first made. The newly-restored film, Nuremberg: Its Lesson for Today, was unveiled at a screening in Parliament on Wednesday. It includes footage from the trial of 21 members of the Nazi high command and extracts from Nazi films, collected by a unit under the command of Hollywood director John Ford.
Attorney General Dominic Grieve, who hosted the event, said: "The Nuremberg Trial was a defining moment in the history of international justice, establishing principles which are still in use today." He paid tribute to his predecessors in the post of Attorney-General, Sir Hartley Shawcross and Sir David Maxwell-Fyfe, who acted as prosecutors at the trial, he added that the film provided "a unique opportunity to hear and see the events of 66 years ago, as they happened."
The film has been restored by Sandra Schulberg, daughter of the original filmmaker Stuart Schulberg.
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