Memorandum in Support of Affirmance of Property Confiscation Decree Signed and with a Cover Note By Joseph W. Kaufman, of Counsel, Chief Prosecutor at the Trial of the United States of America Against Alfried Krupp et al

Washington, D.C. U.S. Government, 1949. First Edition. Soft Cover. Good. Item #027267

25 pages; inscribed by the author, "Frida My best Joe" on the cover and with a hand-written note on The Dodge Hotel Washington, D.C. letterhead paper, referring to details of this landmark WWII case: "...Dear Frida: General Clay affirmed the confiscation about ten days ago but with some awfully strained wording (last Sunday's Times). I am fighting it out by cable. Hope to be in next week. Cordially Joe." Joseph William Kaufman (1899 - 1981) lawyer and judge; "...made his most distinctive mark as a prosecutor in the Nuremberg war crime trials. He functioned as a deputy chief counsel overall and as chief prosecutor at the trial of Alfried Krupp and eleven other executives of the Krupp armaments industries. The Krupp trial, held in the Palace of Justice in Nuremberg, lasted eleven months and resulted in the conviction of the defendants for the crimes of plunder and using slave labor. They were found not guilty of the charge of waging aggressive war. Kaufman was praised by contemporaries for his handling of the difficult and detailed case...." (Barry Ryan in the ANB) The text of this "memorandum" defends the confiscation of the Krupp holdings refuting the arguments used by the defense against the decree, point by point. "...For nearly 11 months, the Krupp case unfolded in a sprawling, dirty gray sandstone courthouse known as the Palace of Justice, where the other major war crimes trials had been held. More than 200 witnesses were called and 4,200 exhibits offered, and the transcript of the proceedings ran to 13,454 pages. Mr. Kaufman's presentation of the evidence was later praised by colleagues as detailed, thorough and overwhelming. He told of atrocities and offenses that included murder, torture, enslavement, imprisonment, deportation and other abuses against Jews and other civilians as part of a conspiracy with Hitler to dominate the world..." (1981 Robert D. McFadden, NY Times obituary) Also laid-in is a partial article by General Lucius Clay concerning the trial proceedings, particularly that of the I.G. Farben corporation. The Memorandum printed at The Court Press, N.Y.C. Approx. 8" x 10 1/2" size; light green stapled paper covers; corners chipped, sunned; contents with light wear, bottom corner chipped away, no loss to text. In good condition.

Price: $650.00