The Holocaust Historiography Project

Nazi Conspiracy and Aggression (NCA)

Office of the United States Chief of Counsel For Prosecution of Axis Criminality, Nuremberg, Germany (1945-1946)

This eight-volume, 11-book series, also known as “The Red Volumes,” is a “Collection of Documentary Evidence and Guide Materials Prepared by the American and British Prosecuting Staffs for Presentation before the International Military Tribunal at Nurnberg, Germany.” The Red Volumes makes available an indexed sampling of the evidence used to support the charges made against the major Nazi war criminals in their trial at Nuremberg, Germany, 1945-1946. Volumes I and II serve as an overarching guide for the Red Volumes. They contain essays that summarize and link together the documents that follow. Volume II also contains a glossary along with short biographies of the German defendants, as well as summaries of the individual cases against them. Original volumes of this series may be found in the collections of the Library of Congress and The Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center & School Library, U.S. Army, Charlottesville, Virginia. (Library of Congress Call Number D804.G42 A4; OCLC Number 315871222)

This series was published between 1946 and 1948. Because the binding on the original hardcover edition is red, they are sometimes referred to as “the Red Volumes” (the IMT series are “the Blue Volumes,” and the Doctors’ Trials series are “the Green Volumes”).

The contents consist of official papers in archives of the German government and the Nazi Party, diaries and letters of prominent Germans, captured reports, etc. There are six folding charts inserted. This collected documentation is more complete than any official record or transcript of the proceedings, because at the outset of the trial the Tribunal ruled that it would treat no written evidence unless read in full in court. For this reason, the documentation gathered was trimmed considerably for presentation in court. In this collection, the documents are reprinted in their entirety, which makes NCA the most complete and detailed publication of the evidence prepared for the trial.

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