The Cultural and Intellectual Experience - By seeing our culture, as Americans, from the perspective of people from another culture and country, I was able to recognize things about my culture that I otherwise would not have. For example, I noticed that Americans are perceived as welcoming and optimistic people by the Germans who have been to America. The performance's central issue was how those who served the Nazis in the Holocaust would be punished. Before seeing the play, there was no question in my mind that anyone involved in the Holocaust should face the highest form of punishment. However, the performance made the argument that the officials on trial were following the laws set within their country at the time and felt they had no choice but to do so. Although this new perspective was presented to me, my views on the matter still stand. As a freshman in college, I am being presented with a wealth of new information about many topics that I had already had opinions and thoughts about. A large part of the college experience is learning new things that force you to reevaluate and reanalyze your opinions upon the gain of new knowledge.
The Emotional Experience - Katharsis can be observed in Judgement at Nuremberg through one of the last scenes, where one character reveals his involvement in the Holocaust. He confesses that he was fully aware of his actions in the Holocaust and knew that what he was doing was morally wrong. Although this confession ensured that he, along with his colleagues, would be sentenced to life in prison, he revealed this information because katharsis is a key part of being human and happy. Additionally, the play allows us to come clean to ourselves and reexamine ideas and opinions we already had, when presented with new ideas.