Twenty-one defendants, including three German government ministers as well as state secretaries and members of the Nazi party hierarchy, stood trial for committing crimes against peace for planning, initiating, and waging wars of aggression, in addition to war crimes and crimes against humanity. The trial ran from January 6 to November 18, 1948, making it the second-longest Nuremberg proceeding after the main International Military Tribunal. The court acquitted two of the defendants and sentenced another to time served. The other defendants received prison terms ranging from 4 to 25 years. The United States High Commissioner later reduced eight of the sentences to various shorter terms or to time served.
Case #11, The Ministries Case
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