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Document | Digitized | Accession Number: 1992.A.0031 | RG Number: RG-06.021

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    Joseph Maier collection

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    This collection contains sworn testimonies of war criminals tried at Nuremberg, 1945-1946, and various correspondence, memoranda, notes, articles, and clippings relating to the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg, Germany, from circa 1945 to 1946. Also contains the work of Joseph Maier as an interrogator during the trials and a copy of the handwritten confession of Rudolf Hoess concerning the number of Jews killed at Auschwitz concentration camp.
    inclusive:  1939-1976
    bulk:  1945-1946
    Collection Creator
    Joseph Maier
    Joseph Maier (1911-2002) was born in Leipzig, Germany. After finishing university in Leipzig he immigrated to the United States in September 1933. His parents and brother had already immigrated to America. Joseph received his M.A. (1934) and his Ph.D. (1939) from Columbia University. From 1940 to 1943 he was assistant editor for a New York German-Jewish newspaper, and in 1944, he worked in the American embassy in Britain as a propaganda analyst. In 1946, he volunteered for service in Germany after World War II and participated in the Nuremberg Trials, becoming chief of the analysis section of the Interrogation Division. In 1947 he was appointed professor of sociology at Rutgers University and became chairman of the department until his retirement in 1980. Maier was a specialist in the sociology of religion and became widely known as the author of a weekly column in the New York German-language Jewish newspaper Aufbau dealing with the application of halakhic wisdom to contemporary social problems. With Werner Cahnman, Maier established the organization for the Preservation of Jewish Cultural Monuments in Europe, later called the Rashi Association (1978). From 1980 on, he served as its president, helping to establish such projects as the Institute of Judaic Studies at the University of Munich.

    Physical Details

    2 boxes
    System of Arrangement
    The Joseph Maier papers are arranged as two series:

    Series 1: Sworn testimonies of war criminals, 1945-1946
    Series 2: Documents relating to the war crime trials at Nuremberg, 1939-1976

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    There are no known restrictions on access to this material.
    Conditions on Use
    Material(s) in this collection may be protected by copyright and/or related rights. You do not require further permission from the Museum to use this material. The user is solely responsible for making a determination as to if and how the material may be used.

    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Maier, Joseph, 1911-

    Administrative Notes

    Joseph Maier donated the collection to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1992.
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    2023-08-25 09:51:00
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