Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum


For Immediate Release: July 1, 2005
Event: War Crimes and International Law: The
Legacy of Nuremberg
Date: July 10 - 14, 2005
Location: Truman Presidential Museum & Library
Contact: Holly Milledge, 816-268-8245

Truman Presidential Museum & Library offer July programs on
War Crimes and International Law: The Legacy of Nuremberg

Independence, MO - The Truman Presidential Museum & Library and the Harry S. Truman Library Institute, in cooperation with the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education, will host a one week national teacher conference from July 10th-15th, 2005. Leading scholars will present information and teaching strategies on the following topics: the legal and historical foundations of war crime prosecutions, the Holocaust's legacy, the Nuremberg and Tokyo war crimes tribunals, the legal issues and precedents resulting from those trials, and post-WW II prosecution for acts of genocide and war crimes occurring in other nations.

In conjunction with the Teacher Conference, three programs will be offered to the public. Admission is free. Reservations for any of the programs may be made by contacting the Central Ticket Office at 816-235-6222.

The Legacy of Nuremberg
Sunday, July 10, 2005 7:00 pm,
Jewish Community Campus, Overland Park KS

Michael Berenbaum, director of the Sigi Ziering Institute at the University of Judaism, discusses the continuing impact of the trials of Nazi war criminals. Dr. Berenbaum was former project director of the creation of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and director of its Research Institute and former president and CEO of the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation.

The Law of War
Tuesday, July 12, 2005, 7:00 p.m.
Liberty Memorial, Kansas City, Missouri

Moderated by Fred K. Green, former counsel to General Colin Powell during the first Gulf War, an expert panel discuss issues of law and the waging of war beginning with the Geneva Convention and the Nuremberg War Crimes trials and extending to current issues in the Middle East and elsewhere. Panelists Jonathan Bush, William Eckhardt, Gregory Gordon and Harry Reicher have held such positions as lead prosecutor for My Lai cases in the Vietnam War and prosecutor in the "media case" under the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. Presented in partnership with the University of Missouri-Kansas City Law School and the Liberty Memorial. For CLE credit, contact the UMKC School of Law: 816-235-1648.

Robert H. Jackson and Telford Taylor: Nuremberg Prosecutors
Truman Presidential Museum & Library
Thursday, July 14, 2005, 7:00 p.m.

Experts John Q. Barrett and Jonathan Bush discuss the lead American prosecutors of the post-World War II International Military Tribunal for Nazi war crimes. A former Iran-Contra prosecutor, John Barrett is a Professor of Law at St. John's University and is writing a biography of Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson, who acted as Chief Prosecutor at Nuremberg. Jonathan Bush is the biographer of Telford Taylor (Jackson's successor at Nuremberg) and is a lecturer in the law of war.

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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