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Oral history interview with Drexel Sprecher

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

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    Oral history interview with Drexel Sprecher


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Drexel A. Sprecher
    Margaret West
    interview:  1998 September 28
    interview:  1997 June 18
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation

    Physical Details

    Oral histories.
    5 sound cassettes (74 min.).

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    Administrative Notes

    Margaret West, on behalf of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History Branch, conducted the interview with Drexel Sprecher on September 28, 1998 in Chevy Chase, MD.
    Funding Note
    The production of this interview was made possible by Jeff and Toby Herr.
    The cataloging of this oral history interview has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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