Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum


For Immediate Release: April 1, 2005
Event: New national partnership, programs, and
joint Internet site commemorate The Legacy of Nuremberg
Date: April 1, 2005
Location: Truman Presidential Museum & Library
Contact: Holly Milledge, Media Relations
816-268-8245

War Crimes and International Law:
The Legacy of Nuremberg
Partnership, Programs and Joint Internet Site

Independence, MO - The Truman Presidential Museum & Library and the Harry S. Truman Library Institute, announce a year-long collaborative partnership with the Arthur W. Diamond Law Library at Columbia University Law School and the Jacob Marcus Rader Center at the American Jewish Archives to commemorate the "Legacy of the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials." The partnership commences with the opening of a joint web site, "The War Crimes Trials at Nuremberg," which can be found
at /whistlestop/study_collections/nuremberg/.

The web site, hosted by the Truman Library, will contribute to scholarship on the legacy of Nuremberg by displaying the rich variety of historical material housed in these three institutions. More than 200 photographs and 2,000 scanned images of documents are from the three institutions are included. The site also showcases related educational programs and events that will follow in New York City, Cincinnati and the Kansas City metropolitan area.

The Telford Taylor Papers Conference, scheduled for Friday, April 8, 2005, at Columbia University Law School in New York City, is the first event in this year-long partnership. The conference is held in conjunction with the official opening of Professor Taylor's papers. Taylor served as prosecutor at Nuremberg and was fully involved in many major issues and events of the 20th century. Taylor's papers document the International Military Tribunal of Nazi War Criminals (1945-46) and the Nuremberg Military Trials (1946-49). The papers also reflect Taylor's career as a defender of civil liberties; his battle against Senator Joseph McCarthy, and his legal defense of labor leader Harry Bridges and accused communist Junius Scales.

Selections from the Taylor Papers will be included on the joint web site. Other materials featured on the site include records of the World Jewish Congress held by the American Jewish Archives and official reports and photographs submitted by Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson to President Harry S. Truman, who had appointed Jackson chief U.S. prosecutor at Nuremberg.

On July 10th-15th, 2005, the Truman Library in cooperation with the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education will host a one week national teacher conference, "War Crimes and International Law: The Legacy of Nuremberg." Leading scholars will present information and teaching strategies on the following topics: the legal and historical foundations of war crime prosecutions, the Nuremberg war crimes tribunals and the legal issues and precedents resulting from those trials, and post-World War II prosecution for acts of genocide and war crimes occurring in other nations.

Three public programs will accompany the teacher conference. On July 10 Michael Berenbaum, director of the Sigi Ziering Institute at the University of Judaism, will speak at the Jewish Community Campus in Overland Park, KS on the continuing impact of the trials of Nazi war criminals. On July 12 a program presented in partnership with the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law will feature a panel of experts speaking on the law of war. A program on July 14 at the Truman Library will feature John Q. Barrett and Jonathan Bush, the biographers respectively of prosecutors Robert Jackson and Telford Taylor. All programs will be at 7:00 pm.

Additional public programs will follow including an event at the newly opened education center at the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives at Hebrew Union college in Cincinnati on Sunday, September 18, 2005, co-sponsored by the Hebrew Union Colleges Ethics Center.

The Truman Presidential Museum & Library is one of eleven Presidential Libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration. It is located at U.S. Highway 24 and Delaware in Independence, Missouri. For more information on the Museum and programs, call (816) 268-8200 or visit www.trumanlibrary.org.

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