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Arnold Joseph collection

Document | Accession Number: 1999.A.0234

The Arnold Joseph collection consists of correspondence to and from defendants at the Nuremberg War Crimes Tribunal, which Joseph acquired during his military service as a censor. Incoming correspondence from the general public comes from the so‐called “201 file” of letters not to be delivered to the defendants so as not to upset them. It includes a mixture of praise and good wishes for the defendants as well as insults and invectives, and some correspondence includes prayers, poems, and songs. At least one letter is from a former German soldier, another is from a former political prisoner, one is signed “an unknown German,” and another “the whole German people.” In addition to letters to defendants, there are two letters to Hans Bernd Gisevius, who served as a witness for the prosecution, and a postcard to Pastor Martin Niemöller. Some of the envelopes bear Arnold Joseph’s censor stamp: “Censored & Passed Arnold Joseph Censor IMT.”

inclusive:  1939-1946
bulk:  1946
2 boxes
Record last modified: 2021-11-09 11:45:26
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