The Nuremberg Legacy ~ How the Nazi War Crimes Trials Changed the Course of History Ehrenfreund, Norbert Palgrave Macmillan; 1st edition (October 2, 2007)
Norbert Ehrenfreund, retired Superior Court Judge of California now in his nineties, was present at the Nuremberg Trials in 1945 as a correspondent for The Stars & Stripes. The book is a captivating, personal narrative of how one person, Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson worked to create a fair trial for Nazi criminals (how EVERYONE deserves a fair trial), thus cementing habeous corpus in modern-day America (all Bush/Gitmo aside, which he addresses in the book).
The book also reveals how the decisions made at Nuremberg affect our everyday lives (you’ll find yourself saying—“I didn’t know that!”). Just one example: when you go to the doctor you have to sign a consent form—this comes from the prosecution of Nazi doctor Josef Mengele.
Ehrenfreund also addresses the trials and the influence on race relations, big business and government, and human rights.
This is an incredibly important book. And if you ever get a chance to see Judge Ehrenfreund speak—which he still does in a powerful way even now in his nineties—do it. He’s a fascinating and endearing wealth of knowledge.