LETTERS  EXCHANGED BETWEEN DAVID & SYLVIA MAXWELL FYFE DURING THE  NUREMBERG CRIMES TRIALS      

December 1945 October & November 1945 May 1946 July 1946 March 1946 June 1946 April 1946 January 1946 February 1946 August 1946 D&S2

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Throughout the year of the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials David and Sylvia Maxwell Fyfe corresponded on a regular basis. Early in the trial the telephone did not work and it was unclear if Sylvia was going to be able to visit. At that time the letters were espeicially detailed and interesting. As the trial developed, Sylvia's visited and Maxwell Fyfe returned home for major festivals, the letters become more sketchy. In particular when Maxwell Fyfe was very busy during the cross-examinations. However they become more full once more in the final days of the trial when Maxwell Fyfe was waiting for the end while conducting the prosecution of the organisations of the Nazi state.

 

These letters are in the first place love letters between two people suffering a post-war separation. However much light is thrown by them on the story of the trials, its purpose and characters.

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