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Official Transcript of the American Military Tribunal in the matter of the United States of America, against Karl Brandt, et al, defendants, sitting at Nurnberg, Germany, on 10 December 1946, 0930--1430, Justice Beals, presiding.

THE MARSHAL: The honorable judges of Military Tribunal 1. Military Tribunal 1 is now in session. God save the United States of America and this Honorable Tribunal. There will be order in the court-room.

THE PRESIDENT [Beals]: Will the Marshal ascertain if the defendants are all present.

THE MARSHAL: May it please your Honor, all defendants are present in the courtroom.

THE PRESIDENT: Secretary-General, will you note for the record the presence of the defendants in the courtroom.

The prosecution may proceed.

MR. McHANEY: May it please the Tribunal:

Before any evidence is presented it is my purpose to show the process whereby documents have been procured and processed in order to be presented in evidence by the United States. I shall also describe and illustrate the plan of presenting documents to be followed by the prosecution in this case.

When the United States Army entered German territory it had specialized military personnel whose duties were to capture and preserve enemy documents, records, and archives.

Such documents were assembled in temporary document centers. Later each Army established fixed document centers in the U.S. Zone of Occupation where there documents were assembled and the slow process of indexing and cataloguing was begun. Certain of these document centers in the U.S. Zone of Occupation have since been closed and the documents assembled there sent to other document centers.

When the International Military Tribunal was set up, field teams under the direction of Major William H. Coogan were organized and sent out to the various document centers. Great masses of German documents and records were screened and examined. Those selected were sent to Nurnberg to be processed.



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