Members of the International Military Tribunal read the verdicts in the courtroom of the Palace of Justice in Nuremberg, Germany, on Sep. 30, 1946. Eddie Worth-AP Photo

Germany on Friday marked 75 years since the beginning of the Nuremberg Trials, a judicial marathon that held Nazi officers to account for the atrocities of World War II.

The trial has since paved the way for future war criminals to be tried under international law.

The anniversary will be commemorated with an event in the Bavarian city of Nuremberg, with President Frank-Walter Steinmeier set to give a speech and witnesses from that time making remarks in video statements.

The event is not public but will be livestreamed online due to the coronavirus pandemic.

On November 20, 1945, Nuremberg wrote world history when the Allies tried high-ranking Nazi officials, including Rudolf Hess and Hermann Goering, at an international criminal court.

It was the first time that representatives of a state had been put on trial.

The trials lasted almost a year and ended in 12 death sentences being handed out.

Twelve other trials took place by 1949, putting other Nazis on trial for crimes committed by the German state under Adolf Hitler.

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