We must never forget that the record on which we judge these defendants today is the record on which history will judge us tomorrow. To pass these defendants a poisoned chalice is to put it to our own lips as well. We must summon such detachment and intellectual integrity to our task that this trial will commend itself to posterity as fulfilling humanity’s aspirations to do justice.

Justice Robert H. Jackson (1892-1954) US Supreme Court Justice
Nuremberg Trials, Opening remarks at trial of Hermann Goering (1946)
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