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Letters from Nuremberg : my father's narrative of a quest for justice

Author: Christopher J Dodd; Lary Bloom
Publisher: New York : Three Rivers, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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At the Nuremberg trials of Nazi leaders after WWII, America's lead prosecutor, Chief Justice Robert Jackson, had an Achilles' heel: cross-examination. Thus emerged a young attorney, Thomas Dodd, whose inquisition of the brilliant Hermann Göring provided the centerpiece of the trials. Walter Cronkite, who covered Nuremberg, said years later that Dodd had saved the day. These letters reveal that Dodd felt slighted by  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Records and correspondence
Correspondence
Named Person: Thomas J Dodd; Thomas J Dodd
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher J Dodd; Lary Bloom
ISBN: 9780307381170 030738117X
OCLC Number: 864504202
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 373 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., ports. ; 21 cm.
Responsibility: Christopher J. Dodd, with Lary Bloom.

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At the Nuremberg trials of Nazi leaders after WWII, America's lead prosecutor, Chief Justice Robert Jackson, had an Achilles' heel: cross-examination. Thus emerged a young attorney, Thomas Dodd, whose inquisition of the brilliant Hermann Göring provided the centerpiece of the trials. Walter Cronkite, who covered Nuremberg, said years later that Dodd had saved the day. These letters reveal that Dodd felt slighted by Jackson early on and almost left before the trial. Unexpectedly, in 1990, his children discovered Dodd's voluminous correspondence from Nuremberg to his wife, Grace. What shines through these letters describing the trial and events leading up to it is the writer's unfussy concern for righteousness, which under the circumstances meant winning the case and in the proper way. (One Nazi general he interrogated, Dodd said, really should not be in prison... he is and was persona non grata with the Nazis.) Dodd (who like his son, presidential hopeful Christopher, later became a senator) was a very good writer; his descriptions of the trial and the defendants (Göring reminded him of a captured lion) are evocative.

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