Witness to Nuremberg
In this gripping memoir by the chief American interpreter at the Nuremberg trials, Richard Sonnenfeldt recounts a remarkable life. By the time he was 18, Sonnenfeldt had grown up in Germany, escaped to England, been deported to Australia as a "German enemy alien", arrived in the U.S., and joined the U.S. army. By age 22 he had fought in the Battle of the Bulge and helped l...more
Hardcover, 230 pages
Published October 11th 2006 by Arcade Publishing
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I would have liked to have read a little more about the trial itself. Only about 25% of the book is about the actual trial, the rest about his life in Germany and his journey to the US. Interesting read however. Some of the other reviews said it was "braggy", but I did not find it to be that way. This is the only book this man wrote about his experiences and honestly after what he experienced, he probably has a right to brag! Quite refreshing that he wrote his book himself so late in life, Defin...more
Feb 28, 2011 B rated it 4 of 5 stars
I wanted to read this book for the account of the author's translation services during the Nazis Nuremberg trial but the account of his early years as a Jew in Germany before the war, his life after he gets out of Germany to go to school in England, subsequently is sent to Australia as an "enemy alien", ends up going around the world before he ends up in New York, reunited with his family, (all this while he is 15-16 years old), and then goes back Africa, Italy and then Germany as a U.S. soldier...more
This book had a lot of potential but didn't end up being as good as I thought it would be. I did not feel the book order was right. The book ended up being about the mans life with a little bit on the trial. I didn't get enough of the trial to be satisfied. Also it felt like he was being braggy. That really bothered me. He also used too many exclamation marks!
Mar 23, 2012 Kathy rated it 5 of 5 stars
This story was so much more than I expected. What a life Mr. Sonnenfeldt had! Very well written and narrated. It left me gob-smacked