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Nuremberg’s Voice of Doom by Wolfe Frank

Subtitled The Autobiography of the Chief Interpreter at History’s Greatest Trials, author Wolf Frank tells his story in compelling fashion.

Can you imagine handling the job of interpreter for the Nazi war criminals at the Nuremberg Trials after World War II dropped onto your plate? What if your daily tasks included hanging with Hermann Goering? Yup, I’d keep records and write it all down, too, much as Wolfe Frank did. 

Result:  Nuremburg’s Voice of Doom by Wolfe Frank. In his case, the manuscript was undiscovered for decades.  Editor Paul Hooley has taken the original copy, married it to extensive notes and details, creating a detailed, inside look at the real happenings of the Nuremberg Trials. He’s created a readable account with the ups and downs of a novel, an unbelievable story. 

Author Frank was an interesting, larger-than-life character. A German of Jewish descent, he was run out of Germany for smuggling Jews from under the Nazi regime. After escaping to England, going through a detention camp, and enlisting in the English army, he ended up an officer. What a path. His strong personality and relationships and firm grasp of the English language landed him his position at the trials.

This story and book provide a clear clear look at a another should-never-be-forgotten chapter of civilization’s modern history. The front cover illustration is kinda weird, a pastiche of Frank reading from a sheet of paper, next to who I assume is Goering, eating from a tray of food, with a big swastika superimposed between them. Eye-catching, I guess. The contents of Nuremburg’s Voice of Doom surpass the cover graphics!



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