Fyfe, Sir David Patrick Maxwell, Vol 39, folio 141

N U R E M B E R G  T O  S T R A S B O U R G

75th imt nuremberg    project 2020     70th echr strasbourg

An amazing and really important piece of work... the most incredibly stimulating piece of history. Stunning.'  

 

Baroness Helena Kennedy  

 

Principal  Mansfield College, Oxford

on Dreams of Peace & Freedom October 2016

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KILMUIRPAPERS.ORG/DAVIDMAXWELLFYFE.ORG IS A WEBSITE DEVOTED TO PUBLISHING THE STORIES THAT ARE REVEALED BY THE PRIVATE PAPERS OF DAVID MAXWELL FYFE, LORD KILMUIR.

AT PRESENT THE STORY BEING TOLD IS THAT OF HIS TIME AS PROSECUTOR IN NUREMBERG AND AFTERWARDS A CHAMPION OF THE EUROPEAN CONVENTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS.

 

THE PAPERS ARE NOW OWNED BY THE CHURCHILL ARCHIVE IN CAMBRIDGE WHERE THEY ARE AVAILABLE FOR ALL TO VIEW. THE COPYRIGHT IS RETAINED BY THE FAMILY.

 

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Dreams of peace poster 30x30mm

'Yet I am haunted by some words from a song to which we used to listen in more carefree days:

"On fait des serments

Et simplement

On les oublie"

Having propounded high ideals in defeated Germany I feel the responsibility for doing my part to see that they are not forgotten by the victors'.

 

David Maxwell Fyfe

The Hague 1947

How long does it take to forget?

Well as it turns out in twenty-first century Britain, it takes seventy years

‘Maxwell-Fyfe’s involvement in drafting the ECHR was key. In certain ways, in his very person he also provided a living link between the Convention and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Just as the Universal Declaration reflected the insights and experiences of men and women who had just witnessed and in some cases had been personally devastated by the events of the second world war so the text of the European Convention was moulded by a man who had been indelibly affected by the same epoch making events . ’

 

Francesca Klug - A Magna Carta for all Humanity published Routledge 2015

IN THE PERIOD LEADING UP TO 2020

 

WE WILL PUBLISH THE STORY IN HIS OWN WORDS,

 

PERFORM THE SONG CYCLE TO TOUCH MANY,

 

FILM AND RECORD THE SONG CYCLE TO REACH MORE,

 

PLACE THIS HISTORY AT THE HEART OF THE CAMPAIGN TO MAINTAIN

FUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMS THROUGHOUT EUROPE

Dreams of Peace & Freedom is a moving song cycle exploring the birth of modern human rights. The writings of  David Maxwell Fyfe, Nuremberg prosecutor and  champion of the European Convention,  

intertwine with musical settings of the poets who inspired him

 

THE PAPERS

THE STORY

The personal papers of David Maxwell Fyfe are now owned and managed by the Churchill Archive in Cambridge. The copyright and the ability to tell this story resides with us. This is a thrilling collection that throws light on a dark period, and reveals that love is the true bedrock of international justice and a passion to protect our humanity

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