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Telford T. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1777) interviewed by Toby Blum-Dobkin

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1777

Videotape testimony of Telford T., who was born in New York in 1908. He recounts his education; working in military intelligence during the war; joining Judge Robert Jackson's staff for the first Nuremberg trial in 1945; searching for documentation of German war crimes; establishing the legal basis for the trials in the International Military Tribunal charter; working on the indictment in London; using Nuremberg for the trial because of its facilities; details of the trial; and his appointment as chief prosecutor for subsequent trials. Mr. T. describes trials of Nazi doctors who performed euthanasia and specious, sadistic medical experiments on human subjects; of Nazi judges and prosecutors; and of Einsatzgruppen officers. He discusses living conditions in the "Nuremberg enclave"; his impression of his colleagues and the defendants; the sentences; his malaise at the early release of most of the defendants, which he attributes to the political situation; recent reunions of the Nuremberg staff; his career after 1949; the historic import of the trials; and analyzing events in Vietnam through his unique perspective.

Author/Creator
T., Telford, 1908-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1991
Interview Date
May 14, 1991.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Telford T. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1777). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4296127
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:40:00
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