On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the end of the Nuremberg Trials, an event was organized on October 15, 2021 at the Maison d’Izieu. The photo album of Judge Henri Donnedieu de Vabres, restored thanks to the U.S. Consulate in Lyon, was unveiled for the first time and 8 conferences with historians and specialists in international penal law were broadcast live with simultaneous translation into English to the general public. All of the talks in French and English are available on the Maison d’Izieu’s Youtube channel.
The photo album of the Nuremberg
The photo album of the Nuremberg trial of judge Henri Donnedieu de Vabres, signed by all the judges and deputy judges at Nuremberg, presents 116 pictures. Some of the photos are very well known, but others are still unpublished. This treasure, which documents and illustrates an important part of history, was entrusted in 2019 to the Documentation and Research Center of the Maison d’Izieu by the family of Judge Henri Donnedieu de Vabres.
The work, which was in a deteriorated and fragile state, underwent extensive restoration thanks to a federal grant from the United States, obtained with help of the U.S. Consulate in Lyon. This support also allowed the digitization of the pages and the creation of facsimiles.
The restored photo album was unveiled during this day in the presence of the families of the French magistrates at the International Military Tribunal: Donnedieu de Vabres, Falco, Debenest. Also present were a delegation from the diplomatic representatives of the UN in Geneva and numerous guests.
All of the presentations were filmed and translated into English. The replays are now available on the Youtube channel of the Maison d’Izieu.
Last July, Maison d’Izieu has also been given the documents of the General Counsel in the French delegation to the IMT, Delphin Debenest. These new archives further enrich the research.
Conference: ” News about the Nuremberg Trial, 75 years later”
8 unpublished conferences were given live from the Maison d’Izieu. All of the talks in French and English can be found on the Maison d’Izieu’s Youtube channel.
The Maison d’Izieu wishes to express its thanks to the Us Consulate in Lyon, the families of the judges Falco, Debenest et Donnedieu de Vabres for their support and confidence, and all the speakers present for having contributed to the understanding of the Nuremberg trial and to the reflections that are still being asked today on the construction of an international penal justice.
Thanks to Christopher Crawford, from the US Consul in Lyon, Frédéric Donnedieu de Vabres, Judge Henri Donnedieu de Vabres’ grandson, Guillaume Mouralis, Research Director at the CNRS, Marc Bloch Institute (Berlin), Matthias Gemählich, Professor at the Contemporary History Institute at Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Jean-Paul Jean, Magistrate and Vice-President of the French association for the history of justice, Xavier-Jean Keita, International Lawyer, Principal Counsel/Office of Public Counsel for the International Criminal Court Defence, Michel Massé, Private Law and Criminal Sciences Professor at the University of Poitiers, Stéphanie Boissard, research, Archives and documentation manager, Maison d’Izieu, Philippe Sands, Lawyer at the International Criminal Court and Writer.