Notes from an Intern, 2017-18

Notes from an Intern, 2017-18

When I think of the Nuremberg Trials, I imagine a newly renovated courtroom in the destruction of post-WW2 Germany. I imagine the surprised faces of the German people living in poverty as they discover that their once prized leaders are now criminals. I imagine people from Germany, Great Britain, France, the Soviet Union, and the United States arguing within the same room.

To me, the Nuremberg Trials symbolizes the hope that occurs after something goes wrong.

Between 1945-46, justice was brought to the Nazi leaders who committed a series of unbelievable crimes during World War 2. The Allied countries strived to bring hope to war stricken Germany during a treacherous time of history.

I believe that the Nuremberg Trials are an essential reminder that history cannot be changed, but we can refrain from allowing it to be repeated.

Before my freshman year of high school, I hadn’t known about the Nuremberg Trials. At the age of ten I could recite dozens of facts on concentration camps, Hitler and the brutalities of Nazi Germany, but never learned much about what happened post-WW2. In grade school, I believe the focus for teachers was to explain the brutalities that occurred during WW2.

In my first two years of high school, I recall spending 45 minutes in my freshman year IB World Studies class and about 15 minutes in my sophomore year AP U.S. History class learning about the Nuremberg Trials.

So, prior to beginning my internship, I only logged about 60 minutes in my high school career learning about one of the most significant court cases in the world.

Currently, I am a junior in the International Baccalaureate program in my high school and was assigned a 4,000 word essay on any topic of my choosing. Through my internship at Descendants Media Group, I have decided to write my essay about how the Nuremberg Trials shaped society in post-WW2 stricken Germany.

I believe that it is important for me to shine a brighter light on a topic that is usually skimmed over by teachers. Through my internship, I hope to show to young adults like myself, that the Nuremberg Trials were an essential part of history which greatly impacted the world as we know it today.

Ariana Torres
International Baccalaureate Candidate
William Howard Taft High School
Chicago, IL

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