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Seymour Krieger papers

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    The Seymour Krieger papers include correspondence, a diary, and printed material relating to Seymour's involvement with the office of the U.S. Chief of Counsel during the International Military Tribunal (IMT) at the Nuremberg trials. The collection also includes military documents relating to Seymour’s service in the United States Army and two photographs of Seymour in Nuremberg and with his wife, Rita Krieger.

    Correspondence includes almost daily letters to his wife, Rita, describing his activities as a member of the prosecution team as well as his daily activities. Also included is a letter to Helen Kahau concerning Hitler, dated April 13, 1934.

    The typewritten diary was kept by Seymour from 1945-1946 during his time working with the office of the U.S. Chief of Counsel in Nuremberg. Seymour wrote almost daily entries describing staff meetings, courtroom observations, detailing what he was working on, the development of the case, and his daily activities. The diary also includes newspaper clippings, postcards to his wife, and other documents relating to the trial and his time in Nuremberg.

    Military documents include correspondence relating to changing assignments and Seymour’s return to the United States.

    Printed material and writings include original and photocopies of newspaper clippings relating to the trial, transcriptions of reports from the office of the U.S. Chief of Counsel, and an article titled “The World Eventually at Peace under Law” from the New York Herald Tribune, 1946.
    inclusive:  1934-1946
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Margaret Frankston
    Collection Creator
    Seymour Krieger
    Seymour Krieger (1913-1959) was born in East Orange, New Jersey and served with the Office of the U.S. Chief of Counsel under Justice Robert H. Jackson during the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg from 1945 and 1946. He worked to discover, collect, examine, and translate information that resulted in the indictments against Nazis for crimes against Allied soldiers and prisoners of war and for the persecution of Jews. After his service in Nuremberg, he returned to Washington, D.C. where he continued practicing law and opened his own firm. Seymour married Rita (née Zachary, circa 1913-1982) and they had a son Julian and a daughter Deborah.

    Physical Details

    10 folders
    1 oversize folder
    System of Arrangement
    The Seymour Krieger papers are arranged as a single series.

    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

    Geographic Name
    Nuremberg (Germany)

    Administrative Notes

    The Seymour Krieger papers were donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in two separate donation. Susan Becker, the executrix of Rita Krieger's estate, donated 1986.A.0024 in 1986. Peggy Frankston, the daughter of Rita Krieger’s cousin, donated 2011.52 in 2010. The accessions previously numbered 1986.A.0024 and 2011.52 have been incorporated in this collection.
    Funding Note
    The accessibility of this collection was made possible by the generous donors to our crowdfunded Save Their Stories campaign.
    Special Collection
    Save Their Stories
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    2024-05-03 15:26:01
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