Women's Roles at the Nuremberg Trials
Researcher name:
Diane Marie Amann (Woodruff Chair in International Law, University of Georgia School of Law, and PhD candidate at Leiden University, the Netherlands, Law)
Fellowship:
2017-2018 Breslauer, Rutman, and Anderson Research Fellow
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Men have written and dominated much of what we know about the Nuremberg trials, but women played vital roles as lawyers, court reporters, research analysts, personal assistants, interpreters, innkeepers, and in many other capacities. As part of her dissertation research writing the history of the women who played largely unknown roles in the Nuremberg trials, Diane Amann discovered, watched, and analyzed 24 testimonies of people who participated at the Nuremberg trials. In the VHA, Amann discovered two women she didn’t previously know about; analyzed the experiences and contributions of other women involved at the Nuremberg trials; and heard about these women from those who knew and worked with them.

The fact that women held significant positions in the post-World War II era of international criminal justice is little known today. Amann argued that this is partly because very few of the women gave voice to their experiences before passing away. Men have written and dominated much of what we know about Nuremberg Trials.

Women played vital roles at the Nuremberg Trials as lawyers, court reporters, research analysts, personal assistants, interpreters, innkeepers, and in many other capacities. During the VHA introduction she received from Center staff on her first day of research, Amann discovered two women she did not previously know about. The testimonies are invaluable, Amann explained in her public lecture, because by now, only two of the women she is researching remain alive. Through the testimonies, she can hear from women involved at the Nuremberg Trials and hear about these women from those who knew them. During her monthlong residency, Amann gave a public lecture at UCLA about her research with VHA testimony.

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