UNTOLD PERSONAL STORIES
Go behind the scenes with those who witnessed history in Nuremberg, including my father—whose hidden war memorabilia inspired this project.
Courtroom 600 founder, Laurie Pasler
FILLING AN UNMET NEED
Educators need resources that make defining events of the 20th Century applicable to today’s world.
Courtroom 600 will teach WWII and the Holocaust using the Nuremberg trials as a foundation, and in a completely new light.
We’re not just teaching history, we’re using this point in history to teach ethics.
The Nuremberg trials began on Nov. 20, 1945
WHY NUREMBERG MATTERS
THE STAKES ARE HIGH
Global violence continues to rise as the voices of intolerance get louder and louder.
Nuremberg has lessons for the modern world. We’re teaching the past to create a more tolerant future.
VIEW OUR PHOTO GALLERY
See the first, international trial in over 300 images with captions. Our photo analysis pilot site was tested first at Arizona State University Teacher’s College and has been viewed in over 50 countries.
“History is best experienced via first-hand interaction with historical artifacts, and Courtroom 600’s plan to digitize and disseminate the Nuremberg Trial artifacts allows for people everywhere to access them regardless of their ability to travel to archives. This is an important feature of democracy and public education.”
— Francesca Gaiba, PhD, CPRA
The Origins of Simultaneous Interpretation: The Nuremberg Trial
(University of Ottawa Press, 1998)
Time is the most valuable commodity a teacher has, and today’s learners want content delivered in small digestible bites of meaningful information.
10-minute podcast modules with accompanying photo galleries will supplement AP/World History, European History, American History, AP Psychology, Civics, International Relations, and Holocaust education.
In-depth teacher training podcasts and essential questions complete our “grab-and-go” toolkit for today’s educators who need lesson plans they can ramp into quickly.
Multiple points of entry to World War II and the Holocaust are accessible through Courtroom 600, a state-of-the-art virtual museum focused on the human experience.
Visitors create their own journey paths based on personal interests such as journalism, law, film/photography, art history, psychology, civics, and military history.
An immersive learning experience is then tailored to that person’s selections, and in their chosen language.
Traveling exhibits, live theatrical initiatives, and collaboration with global organizations will help us reach larger audiences.
CURATED GLOBAL RESOURCES
Dive deeper into Nuremberg through trusted books, films, websites, papers, and videos.
As new materials are released, our database of trusted resources will continually expand.
Rigorous oversight by historians will insure accuracy in everything we publish.
THE COURTROOM 600 COLLECTION
Thousands of primary source photos, documents, and historical artifacts from public and private family archives, including:
Nuremberg by the numbers
from the first, international trial
Documents translated into four languages and used as evidence
Feet of concentration camps film screened
Photographs scanned for evidence
Court sessions over 10 months
“I feel your proposed website and teaching program are vitally needed.
At a time when so many young people are ignorant about the Holocaust and the dangers of fascism, the Nuremberg trials goal to make sure history was not forgotten must be reasserted.
And in an age of rising nationalism and a reassertion of sovereignty, Nuremberg’s emphasis on international cooperation and most importantly the enforcement of a universal code against genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes must not be lost.”
Courtroom 600 is a project from Descendants Media Group, an Illinois 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
Our mission is to teach and inspire future generations through experiential storytelling.
By sharing and learning from the past, we’ll connect communities, foster empathy, and contribute to a culture of peace, understanding, and tolerance.