Dutch war court in the Hague, Netherlands. Hanns Albin Rauter, Nazi police leader on trial for his crimes in German occupied Netherlands during World War II. Dignitaries and people in courtroom stand up as the judges arrive and take their seats. Session of trial begins. Views of prosecution desk and tribunal seen in turns. Hans Albin Rauter is being questioned by judges. Flashback scenes of civilians being rounded up and deported on trains to concentration camps, while in the background the prosecutor reads the charges. Documents about crimes committed by the accused. Another man enters the courtroom, takes the oath and is questioned by the tribunal. The man is a supervisor of prisoners working for the Germans, and at the time of the trial was detained at a Rotterdam Penitentiary.
War crime trial in the Hague, Netherlands. Judges in tribunal give the floor to the public prosecutor ("procureur-fiscaal"). The prosecutor reads a statement in which he explains why the prosecution of Rauter is one of the two most important Dutch Nazi trials (along with the prosecution of Anton Mussert), and why Rauter deserves the death penalty. Flashback scenes of dutch citizens being deported on trains under guard by Nazis. People climbing train, loading goods in the train, guards standing outside the train as men can be seen closing the doors and steam comes out from the train as it moves away. Prosecutor completes his readings and sits down.
Trial of Nazi war criminal Hans Albin Rauter in the Hague,Netherlands. Various witnesses are called on. Nazi police leader is being questioned by judges and the man responds to them standing in the center, in front of the tribunal. Views of prosecution desk and tribunal seen in turns.
Trial of Nazi war criminal Hanns Albin Rauter in the Hague,Netherlands. Closing statements. One among the attorneys, K.T.M. van Rijckevoorsel, LLM, stands up and reads out some documents. Judges in tribunal listen to the statements . Accused Hanns Albin Rauter stands up and makes a speech, saying that he concluded he was not a war criminal having studied his conscience. The court is then adjourned with the announcement that sentence will be passed in a few weeks and the policemen escort Rauter out of the building and take him to a waiting police van.
A U.S. Air Force C-54 transport aircraft seen parked at the Amsterdam airport, in Holland. A truck is parked nearby. Men unload 37 packing cases, containing the records of the Nuremberg trials, and place them aboard the truck. Closeup of one case shows it addressed to the International Court at the Hague, Netherlands. Next is a sequences showing a Nazi concentration camp and its infamous "Arbeit Macht Frei," sign over the gate; A sign reading: "Vorsicht Gas.Lebensgefahr. nicht öffnen." (Caution gas. Danger to life. Don't open.") ; Nazis in the dock at the trial, including Hermann Goering, Rudolf Hess, Joachim von Ribbentrop, and Wilhelm Keitel, in front row, and Baldur von Schirach, Fritz Sauckel, and Alfred Jodl, behind them. Closeup of Goering in dark glasses, and Hess. Glimpse of the courtroom. Scene shifts back to the airport, again, where the truck, loaded with the records proceeds under police escort. Street sign points 47 Km toward "Den Haag,"(The Hague). The truck and police escort passes through the gates of the Peace Palace in the Hague (home of the International Court of Justice).
Dutch Queen Juliana (full name-Juliana Louise Emma Marie Wilhelmina) opens the parliament in Hague, Netherlands. Queen Juliana rides through the streets of Hague on her way for the official opening of the parliament. View of the parliament building. The entire royal family is in attendance as the Queen delivers a speech. Her Majesty appears on a palace balcony and waves at people standing in front of the palace.