The Holocaust Goes to Court

A View from the Canadian Courtroom
  • Ruth Bettina Birn


The 20th-century event with the greatest moral impact is the Holocaust. It changed and continues to influence western moral thinking in many significant ways: immediately after the war, there were changes to international criminal law to prosecute the Nazi leadership for their role in the Holocaust; laws and policies were developed to ban racism, the evil tool used by the Nazi government; the international community became more conscious of its responsibilities to humankind following the failure to prevent the Holocaust. On the individual level, the Holocaust caused individuals to develop their own moral standards, to question blind acceptance of authority, to search for truth, even if it hurt.


Holocaust Education Political Crime Nazi Period Evil Intention Nazi Crime 
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