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Bugojno: After the War (02:40)


Forensic scientists investigate the area where a builder found human bones; thousands vanished in the Balkans during the 1990s. Experts hope to identify remains and method of death in pursuit of justice.

Laws of War (06:39)

Laws designed to minimize lethality govern warfare. War crime perpetrators have been prosecuted under principles established at Nuremberg, but the tribunal has not deterred crimes against humanity. Civilians are sometimes targets of warfare.

Where Does the Responsibility Lie? (05:47)

A remote village in the Philippines houses a Shinto Shrine dedicated to Tomoyuki Yamashita. The Doctrine of Command Responsibility evolved in the Pacific Theater. In Manila, a memorial commemorates the horror inflicted by the Japanese Army in 1945.

Where Does the Responsibility Lie?—Manila (09:32)

Japanese soldiers committed atrocities throughout the Pacific Theater; Gen. MacArthur vowed to hold Japanese commanders responsible. Yamashita was brought to trial for the actions of his troops and found guilty.

Twenty-Two Seats in the Dock (06:52)

Allied powers created the International Military Tribunal to address Nazi crimes. Allies held subsidiary trials for German society leaders. Benjamin Ferencz uncovered information on the Einsatzgruppen and prosecuted 22 men; allied war crime investigations ended in 1949.

Il N'est Pas Revenu (11:11)

France was reluctant to pursue Nazi war criminals; private citizens took up the cause. Marcel Stoetzler was interrogated and tortured by Klaus Barbie. In 1972, Serge Klarsfeld and his wife located Barbie in Bolivia and petitioned for indictment; the U.S. government had an arrangement with Barbie.

Il N'est Pas Revenu—Nazi Records (10:27)

It is easy for society to forget the enormity of war crimes. In 2015, a German state court places former S.S. Officer Oskar Gröning on trial. German federal institutions fight efforts to make records of senior Nazi figures public; researchers discover information about Adolf Eichmann and other war criminals.

Credits: Dead Reckoning: Episode 1 (00:31)

Credits: Dead Reckoning: Episode 1

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Dead Reckoning: Episode 1

Part of the Series : Dead Reckoning: War, Crime and Justice from WW2 to the War on Terror
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The film begins with vengeance: U.S. General Douglas MacArthur’s 1945 military trial of Japan’s General Tomoyuki Yamashita for horrific atrocities in the Philippines. Despite the lack of any evidence that Yamashita ordered or even knew about the atrocities, he was condemned to death, raising the question: Are commanders responsible for crimes their troops commit?

Length: 54 minutes

Item#: FMK151204

Copyright date: ©2017

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