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Title:
Witnesses to Nuremberg : an oral history of American participants at the war crimes trials
Author:
Stave, Bruce M.
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Publication Information:
New York : Twayne Publishers, [1998]

©1998
Physical Description:
xiv, 241 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780805716283
Format :
Book

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Summary

The spoken word is an invaluable asset which strengthens human experience of the past and adds vigor to the documentation of historical accounts. This series presents major events in American history through the rich personal testimonies of those who were there.

Each volume includes:

-- A preface illuminating historical background and research details

-- A collection of oral testimonies selected from a range of rare and hard-to-find sources

-- A concluding analytical chapter

-- Notes, bibliography and an index

-- Illustrations


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This collection of 11 oral histories offers an interesting perspective on the Nuremberg Trials in post-WW II Germany. The editors do not attempt to analyze the trials themselves but simply present personal accounts of very ordinary people who were there in some capacity. Included in the collection are American prosecutors, journalists, prison guards, interrogators and translators, and the architect who designed the courtroom. Each interviewee recalls impressions and details of the trials, providing distinctly new and fascinating information not found in other works. For example, some new light is shed by one of the prison guards on the mystery surrounding Hermann Goering's suicide. A very simple read, the interviews are organized in a traditional question and answer format. A serious limitation of the collection, acknowledged by the editors, is that almost all the interviewees are from the New York-New England area. This volume makes an interesting addition to more comprehensive collections such as Eyewitnesses at Nuremberg, ed. by Hilary Gaskin (1990). It was the editors' intention to capture the "Nuremberg experience" and, in this, they succeed admirably. All levels. J. D. Freeman SUNY College at Oneonta