Telford T. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1777) interviewed by Toby Blum-Dobkin
- New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1991
- Interview Date
- May 14, 1991.
- 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.
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.