Letters From Nuremberg

Thomas Dodd – a chief prosecutor in Nurmeberg. An excellent lawyer, dedicated to his profession; but what a romantic! From Senator Christopher Dodd (His son) we get a different picture of him as a husband away from his wife, who was home in Connecticut with their five children during the trial.

Here’s this brilliant lawyer by day, his talent being noticed by Jackson, the lead prosecutor – and at night, he wrote these beautiful love letters to his wife. In many of them, he sounded like a love sick – almost pathetic teenager stricken by separation from his true love for the very first time. The letters show a very different side of Thomas Dodd, a side of the man which his professional, by-day courtroom persona never betrayed in the least. I loved reading this book. Here’s an excerpt from one of Dodd’s letters:

“My dearest, if my letters seem lengthy and detailed, you will understand that first of all, I am trying to string out my time with you – for while you are in my mind at all times during the day, at letter writing time I have you alone with no interruptions. Thursday morning, standing in the main portal of the Union Station in Washington, you made a memorable picture for me as I gazed out the taxi cab window until the dimness of the dawn light blotted your loveliness out.”

Christopher Dodd said he wept as he read that letter from his father to his mother. – “The power and eloquence of my father’s words overwhelmed me. I had known my parents as children do. I had not seen them in this intimate way-as characters in a love story. And if I had yearned for an inside view of the Nuremberg experience, I certainly found it.”

It’s really a wonderful read, not just for the love letters, but also for “an inside view” of what the trials were like as America’s top prosecutors put together the case against the Nazi regime.

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