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1946: The Pursuit of Justice
 pg. 652 
After being convicted of war crimes by the Nuremberg Tribunal, Hermann Göring used cyanide to commit suicide in his closely watched cell on October 15, 1946, just two hours before his scheduled execution by hanging. Whether he had carried the capsule on his person for months or whether it was passed to him at the 11th hour remains unknown.
Photo: AP/Wide World Photos
Charged with war crimes, as well as crimes against humanity and against peace, Joachim von Ribbentrop was found guilty on all counts by the Nuremberg War Tribunal. On October 16, 1946, he was the first of the Nazi leaders to mount the gallows to his death. Ribbentrop served Hitler faithfully, but his influence in the government declined during the war when diplomacy was no longer vital to Hitler's aims.
Photo: Archive Photos
In addition to helping the Nazis annex Austria, Arthur Seyss-Inquart was also Reichskommissar of the Netherlands. The quintessential opportunist, he spent much of his Nazi career hurrying to do as much damage to as many Jews as possible--all with the goal of winning Hitler's approval. Seyss-Inquart was convicted of war crimes at Nuremberg and sentenced to death. This photo, from October 16, 1946, was taken following his execution by hanging.
Photo: Bilderdienst SYddeutscher Verlag
 October 20, 1946: Kurt Daluege, former SS-Obergruppenführer and deputy Reichsprotektor of Bohemia and Moravia, is hanged in Prague, Czechoslovakia, after being convicted of war crimes.
1946: The Pursuit of Justice
 pg. 652 
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