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Oral history interview with Drexel Sprecher

Oral History | Accession Number: 1998.A.0231 | RG Number: RG-50.549.02.0004

Drexel Sprecher discusses his role as one of the prosecutors at the Nuremberg Trials; his motivation in becoming a prosecutor and his determination to expose and bring to justice the Nazi regime; writing a book entitled “Inside the Nuremberg Trial, A Prosecutor’s Comprehensive Account;” the validity of the often-used defense statement “I was following superior orders;” his role in organizing several Nuremberg reunions; his optimism about the future of international law versus the rights of national sovereignty; anti-Nazi experiences while attending the University of Wisconsin; the student group “COINOSE” that he helped organize at the University of Wisconsin; his post-Nuremberg political activism; and the Genocide Convention, enacted towards the end of the trials.


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Interviewee
Drexel A. Sprecher
Interviewer
Margaret West
Date
interview:  1998 September 28
interview:  1997 June 18
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
5 sound cassettes (74 min.).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
 
Record last modified: 2020-07-07 10:57:30
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