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The Anatomy of the Nuremberg Trials: A Personal Memoir

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A long-awaited memoir of the Nuremberg war crimes trials by one of its key participants. In 1945 Telford Taylor joined the prosecution staff and eventually became chief counsel of the international tribunal established to try top-echelon Nazis. Telford provides an engrossing eyewitness account of one of the most significant events of our century.
Paperback, 704 pages
Published November 1st 1993 by Back Bay Books (first published 1992)
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Stefania Dzhanamova
Nov 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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The Nuremberg Trial, which was held in Bavaria, in the picturesque city of Nuremberg that in 1945 laid "ravaged", is considered the father of all modern war crime trials and was the first occasion when a whole group of states (Britain, the USSR, France, and the USA) joined efforts to try war criminals. This fateful trial and the subsequent "Little" Nuremberg trials held in American occupation zones between 1947 and 1949, pioneered the imposition of penalties for "crimes against humanity" (atroci ...more
Mikey B.
Telford Taylor was a member of the American prosecution team at Nuremburg during 1945-46, so this book gives us a very personal view of the court proceedings. There were four prosecuting teams, from the U.S., Britain, the Soviet Union and France. I list them in that order because the U.S. team had many more members than Britain. Britain had more members than both the U.S.S.R. and France combined. Four judges made up what was called the Tribunal, and were also from the same prosecuting countries. ...more
TJ Petrowski
May 23, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Telford Taylor’s “The Anatomy of the Nuremberg Trials: A Personal Memoir” is both a memoir/autobiography and a scholarly legal analysis of the International Military Tribunal.

The book begins with some details about Taylor and international law as it existed at the time of WWII. Taylor had served in the American Army intelligence in Europe during WWII before being assigned as assistant to Chief Counsel Robert H. Jackson at Nuremberg in 1944. He describes international law as it existed at the tim
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Catherine Smith
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“That four great nations, flushed with victory and stung with injury, stay the hand of vengeance and voluntarily submit their captive enemies to the judgement of the law is one of the most significant tributes that Power has ever paid to reason.” Justice Robert H Jackson, opening statement at Nuremberg.

I wanted to read more about the Nuremberg Trials after visiting Courtroom 600 a couple of months ago. Telford Taylor was part of the American prosecution staff and describes the trial in great de
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Jeanne Andersen
Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fascinating legal problems.
Adam Morris
Jun 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a very long book but surprisingly interesting. I'm starting to believe that history is best when written by someone actually involved. Taylor participated in most of these events and in the interim between the trials and the publishing of the book in 1993, what he didn't witness he was able to discover through research.
Since he was there he not only explains the proceedings but also the characteristics of the players from the defendants and their counsel to the prosecution and also the jud
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Marty
Oct 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Long and dry with little unknown info
Tom Schulte
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this is an in-depth analysis of the famous trials of nazi leadership, military and otherwise. Taylor participated on the prosecution side even cross examining some of these 21 defendants in the inaugural trial. defiant goering and muddled, mysterious Hess stand out. also standing out is the Russian arm of the four nation tribunal for its focus on the Katyn massacre and dancing around the difficulties of their partnership with Hitler in partitioning poland.
Paul
Three stars is generous -- I'm actually kind of impressed that Taylor managed to make a topic as inherently dramatic and interesting as the Nuremberg Trials seem mind-numbingly boring. This one is for legal scholars only, I suppose. ...more
Gerry Connolly
Dec 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
In the Anatomy of the Nuremberg Trials Telford Taylor, a prosecutor at the Nazi war crimes trials, recounts the debates and defenses of 24 Nazis charged on four counts in 1946. Nuremberg advanced international law. 11 were hanged. Goering escaped by suicide
Nancy
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
Finally finished the book. It was okay but, too long and dragged out.
Kristin Strong
Dec 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
When he says "Anatomy", he means ANATOMY. This goes deep into the innermost workings of the Nuremberg trials, from the origins of the effort to bring war criminals to justice in the last year or so of the war to the executions of those sentenced to death in the fall of 1946. This work deserves at least 4 stars, but my rating is really for the achievement of putting all this in writing -- it was far more detail than I needed and there were many times when I thought about quitting. It was pure cus ...more
Relstuart
If you want to read your way to a comprehensive understanding of the Nuremberg trials this is a must read. Not a big fan of Taylor and his world view as an internationalist but his insight into the people and process at the trials is primary material.
William Webb
Jul 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
One of the chief US prosecutors gives the inside version of what happened in Nuremberg. Fascinating look at the Tribunal's inner-workings, well told and highly recommended. ...more
Carol
A little too heavy on the legal maneuvers. More detail than I could cope with despite my interest.
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