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Justice at Dachau: The Trials of an American Prosecutor

Justice at Dachau: The Trials of an American Prosecutor

by Joshua Greene
Justice at Dachau: The Trials of an American Prosecutor

Justice at Dachau: The Trials of an American Prosecutor

by Joshua Greene




In a makeshift courtroom set up inside Hitler’s first concentration camp, Denson was charged with building a team from lawyers who had no background in war crimes and determining charges for crimes that courts had never before confirmed. Among the accused were Dr. Klaus Schilling, responsible for hundreds of deaths in his “research” for a cure for malaria; Edwin Katzen-Ellenbogen, a Harvard psychologist turned Gestapo informant; and one of history’s most notorious female war criminals, Ilse Koch, “Bitch of Buchenwald,” whose penchant for tattooed skins and human bone lamps made headlines worldwide.Denson, just 32 years old, with one criminal trial to his name, led a brilliant and successful prosecution, but nearly two years of exposure to such horrors took its toll. His wife divorced him, his weight dropped to 116 pounds, and he collapsed from exhaustion. Worst of all was the pressure from his army superiors to bring the trials to a rapid end when their agenda shifted away from punishing Nazis to winning the Germans’ support in the emerging Cold War. Denson persevered, determined to create a careful record of responsibility for the crimes of the Holocaust. When, in a final shocking twist, the United States used clandestine reversals and commutation of sentences to set free those found guilty at Dachau, Denson risked his army career to try to prevent justice from being undone.Originally published in hardcover by Random House in 2001, this is the first time Justice at Dachau is available in paperback.

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ISBN-13: 9781634256650
Publisher: Ankerwycke
Publication date: 04/01/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 392
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

The New York Times described Joshua M. Greene as “a storyteller…who traces journeys to enlightenment.” In 1982, after living thirteen years in the ashrams of India and Europe, he returned to his native New York City and produced a series of Emmy award-nominated children’s films for The Disney Channel and PBS. In 1995, he became Director of Programming for Cablevision, the nation’s fifth largest cable provider. From 1999 to 2002 he served as Senior Vice President at Ruder Finn, New York’s largest public relations firm, where he advised faith communities on their role in peacekeeping initiatives. In 2000, Mr. Greene was appointed Director of Strategic Planning for the United States Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders. That year, his book Witness: Voices from the Holocaust was produced as a feature film for PBS. His next book, Justice at Dachau, revealed the story of the largest yet least known series of war crimes trials in history. His editorials on tribunals in Iraq and Guantanamo Bay appeared in the Los Angeles Times and the International Herald Tribune. Mr. Greene is a frequent lecturer and has spoken at the Pentagon, the World Economic Forum, the New York Public Library Distinguished Author series, and numerous universities. He serves on the boards of several non-profits an d provides volunteer family meditation services.

Table of Contents

Foreword xv

Preface xxi

Part 1 War's End 1

1 The Liberation of Dachau 3

2 A Call for Trials 9

3 An Appointment in Court 13

4 Preparing for Trial 24

Part 2 Dachau 33

5 Common Design 35

6 Credibility 51

7 The Prosecution on Trial 61

8 Manna from Heaven 75

9 In the Name of Humanity 82

10 The Clock of Civilization 94

11 Judgment at Dachau 106

Part 3 Mauthausen 119

12 Christmas, 1945 121

13 Preparations Begin 126

14 186 Steps of Death 128

15 A Hollywood Soldier 131

16 Death Books, Doctors, Sick Camp 141

17 Christ's Rebirth 147

18 Witnesses for the Prosecution 149

19 "The Pigs Must Perish" 158

20 Case for the Defense 165

21 Life and Death in the Block 174

22 A Ruling for the Defense 179

23 The Oldest Defendant 189

24 A Witness for the Defendants 193

25 The Youngest Defendant 197

26 Quarryman 201

27 Closing Arguments 211

28 The Verdicts 217

29 The Miracle 220

30 Flossenburg 222

Part 4 Buchenwald 225

31 In the Shadow of Nuremberg 227

32 Goethe's Prophecy 230

33 A Tour of Buchenwald 237

34 The Buchenwald Report 239

35 Commando 99 245

36 The Dachau Death Train 253

37 Tattoos, Lampshades, Shrunken Heads 259

38 The Bitch 271

39 The Commandant 278

40 An American Collaborator 291

41 The Verdicts 305

42 The Sentences 309

Part 5 Aftermath 313

43 Homecoming, 1947 315

44 Justice Betrayed, 1948 317

45 Senate Hearings Begin 321

46 Senate Hearings Conclude 327

47 Huschi 339

Epilogue: Five Years Later 345

Postscript 353

Acknowledgments 357

Author's Note 359

Endnotes 364

Index 375

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