It was the first of three trials of leading industrialists of Nazi Germany; the two others were the IG Farben Case and the Krupp Case.
The defendants in this case were Friedrich Flick and five other high-ranking directors of Flick's group of companies, officially called Flick Kommanditgesellschaft, or Flick KG. The charges centered on slave labor and plundering, but Flick and the most senior director, Otto Steinbrinck, were also charged for their membership in the "Circle of Friends of Himmler." The circle was a group of influential German industrialists and bankers—founded originally in 1932 by Wilhelm Keppler and taken over by Himmler in 1935—for the purpose of giving financial support to the Nazis. Its members "donated" annually about 1 million Reichsmark to a "Special Account S" in favor of Himmler.
Counts: 1) Slave Labor; 2) Spoliation; 3) Aryanization; and 4) Membership in the SS
Style of the case: United States of America v. Friedrich Flick, et al.
Indictment filed: 8 February 1947; amended 18 March 1947
Trial dates: 21 April 1947 - 24 November 1947
NMT 4 Judges: Charles B. Sears (New York) (presiding judge); William C. Christianson (Minnesota); Frank N. Richman (Indiana); and Richard D. Dixon (North Carolina) (alternate judge)
Chief Prosecutor: Joseph M. Stone
Judgment: 22 December 1947
Sentencing: 22 December 1947
||7 years, incl. time served|
||5 years, incl. time served|
||2½ years, incl. time served|
* Wehrwirtschaftsfuehrer - During the Nazi regime (1933–1945), a designation for executives of companies or big factories. Generally the companies were important for the production of war materials.
Trials of War Criminals Before the Nuernberg Military Tribunals Under Control Council Law No. 10
The 15-volume series, also known as “The Green Series,” focuses on the 12 trials of almost 200 defendants. This publication by the United States Government Printing Office is the official abridged record of the individual indictments and judgments, as well as the administrative materials that were common to all the trials.