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Finding aid for the Major Alfred G. Wurmser collection of Nuremberg Trial documents

Finding aid prepared by Sue Luftschein, 2014 May

Summary Information

Repository
USC Libraries Special Collections
Creator
British War Crimes Executive.
Creator
Wurmser, Alfred G., Major
Title
Major Alfred G. Wurmser collection of Nuremberg Trial documents
Collection no.
6058
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1946-1947
Date [inclusive]
1931-1947
Extent
0.21 Linear feet, 1 box
Language
English
Abstract
This collection of documents on the Nuremberg Trials was collected by Captain (later Major) Alfred G. Wurmser, a staff member of the British War Crimes Executive. The collection contains signatures of defendants and legal staff, letters, photographs, a report, and a pencil sketch.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder# or item name], Major Alfred G. Wurmser collection of Nuremberg Trial documents, Collection no. 6058, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

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Scope and Content

This collection of documents on the Nuremberg Trials was collected by Captain (later Major) Alfred G. Wurmser, a staff member of the British War Crimes Executive. The collection contains signatures of defendants and legal staff, letters, photographs, a report, and a pencil sketch.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

USC Libraries Special Collections
2014 May
Doheny Memorial Library 206
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, California, 90089-0189
213-740-5900
specol@usc.edu

Conditions Governing Access

Advance notice required for access.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Manuscripts Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Acquisition

Purchased from Eric Chaim Kline, April 21, 2014.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • British War Crimes Executive. -- Archives

Genre(s)

  • Autographs (manuscripts)
  • Letters
  • Photographs
  • Reports

Personal Name(s)

  • Wurmser, Alfred G., Major -- Archives

Subject(s)

  • Nuremberg War Crime Trials, Nuremberg, Germany, 1946-1949--Archival resources
  • Trials--Germany--Nuremberg--20th century--Archival resources

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

 Nurnberg Prison 1945-1946, Palace of Justice 1945-1946 

Scope and Content

Original beige file folder with black lettering on the front and crest depicting the scale of Justice over a broken Nazi eagle. The inside of the folder contains the signatures of all 21 war crime defendants (out of 22; Martin Bormann was tried in absentia). The signatures are arranged in groups. This document may have been created and assembled by an American guard at the prison who had access to the prisoners during the trial. The signatures are on paper blocks pasted to the folder, and they are of different sizes and widths. The signatures are arranged next to mounted typed lists with last name entries only. The organization of the signatures and their positioning on each slip of paper might be explained by Colonel Burton C. Andrus's (commander of the Palace of Justice and the prison complex) decision to introduce a "social hour" for the prisoners while they were awaiting the decision of the court.

1 1

 War Crimes Trial: Judgement and Verdict 1946 September 

Scope and Content

Bound document containing 16 pages of "British War Crimes Executive [E.S.]" stationery. Includes 2 passes giving access to the International Military Tribunal - Final Judgment - Session 5, Main Court, Seats 6 and 7. The first page is unnumbered and contains the Index. It is followed by a page containing the signatures of the 8 Allied Judges and their Alternates; Instructions; 2 pages with mounted black and white photographs depicting the Judges and defendants; the names of the Judges and their Alternates; the floor plan of the courtroom; the seating plan of the accused; short biographies of the 21 defendants; 2 blank pages; and a page with 11 signatures (barristers, British legal advisors, prosecutors).

1 2

 British War Crimes Executive [E.S.] stationery containing 53 signatures circa 1946 

Scope and Content

Signatures of: 13 chief prosecutors, counsels and assistants; 28 signatures of defense attorneys and associate counsels; 12 signatures of members of the French delegation; 12 signatures of members of the Polish delegation.

1 3

 Nurnberg, by Charles W. Alexander 1946 

Scope and Content

12 signatures on front endpaper, including prosecutors, alternates, and Tribunal presidents.

1 4

 Paul von Hindenburg letter 1931 April 28 

Scope and Content

4 pages, typed. Stationery is printed with "Der Reichsprasident". Letter from von Hindenburg to Dr. Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach at his Villa Hugel in Essen. Von Hindenburg thanks him for his outstanding work as president of the supervisory board of the Bank fur Deutsche Industrieobligationen.

1 5

 Werner Eduard Fritz von Blomberg letter 1936 October 1 

Scope and Content

Typed and signed 1 page letter. Von Blomberg, German Generalfeldmarschall, Minister of War, and Commander in Chief of the German Armed Forces (until January 1938) writes to Dr. Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach allowing him "on special occasions only" to wear his old Hussar Regiment of the Guards uniform. The printed "Der Reichswehrminister" heading on the paper has been crossed out and replaced by a "Der Reichskriegminister" stamp above it.

1 6

 Visiting card inscribed and signed by Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach circa 1930s 

1 7

 Photographic postcard of Hitler circa 1930s 

1 8

 Two photographic reproductions of scenes from the first Nuremberg Trial circa 1946 

1 9

 Pencil sketch of Wilhelm Keitel during the Trial 1946 July 29 

1 10

 Typed translation of an article from the Luneburger Post titled "18th of April in the concentration camp [of] Sandbostel" 1945 October 9 

1 11

 Document fragment 1946 July 6 

Scope and Content

Stamped with "International Military Tribunal" stamp and signatures of Robert M. W. Kempner, chief US counsel) and Robert Servatius (defense attorney).

1 12

 Document fragment circa 1946 

Scope and Content

Signature of Alfred Thoma, defense attorney.

1 13

 Document fragment circa 1946 

Scope and Content

Signature of Dr. Walter Siemens, defense attorney.

1 14

 Document fragment 1946 August 28 

Scope and Content

Signature of Joachim von Ribbentrop.

1 15

 British War Crimes Executive pass circa 1946 

Scope and Content

Issued to Captain A.G. Wurmser and his party to "work until such time as may be required to complete their task at the Court House. Military Police are hereby requested to exempt this party from all curfew restrictions."

1 16

 Foreign Office Library letter 1947 June 5 

Scope and Content

To Captain Wurmser in response to a request for a copy of the Rulings of the Tribunal.

1 17

 Photograph circa 1947 

Scope and Content

Major Alfred G. Wurmser and the other 12 members of the British War Crimes Executive.

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