Campus: San Francisco State University -- April 16, 2003
Original transcripts from Nuremberg Trials donated
to SFSU Jewish Studies
Donor found transcripts in attic of her childhood home in Virginia
A woman who found full original transcripts of the post-World War II
Nuremberg Trials while preparing to sell her childhood home recently
had the texts donated to the Jewish Studies Program at San Francisco
Carmel Thompson, of Arlington, Va., was surprised to find the transcripts
underneath insulation in the attic of her childhood home in May 2001.
Her parents had never mentioned them. Thompson donated them to the Sarlo
Foundation, which then decided that the SFSU Jewish Studies Program
would find them of most use.
“I am pleased that these historic transcripts from the Nuremberg
Trials have a new home at San Francisco State University,” Thompson
said. “I hope they prove to be beneficial for scholars in their
research and that the results help the public understand the importance
of this trial in establishing international legal precedent.”
The transcripts, bound in books that total more than 20 volumes and
100,000 pages, provide a comprehensive record of Adolf Hitler’s
rise to power, the planning and execution of World War II, and the Holocaust.
The transcripts outline the trials in which Nazi leaders were brought
to court for the systematic murder of millions of people in the Holocaust
and planning and carrying out the war.
The Nuremberg Trials began in October 1945 after the United States,
Great Britain, France and Soviet Union issued indictments against 24
members of the Nazi party. The defendants were charged with crimes against
peace, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. The trials were held
in Nuremberg, Germany, through October 1946 before an International
Military Tribunal composed of the Allied countries and representatives
of Nazi-occupied countries.
The trials resulted in 12 death sentences, three life sentences, four
sentences of 10 years or more, and three acquittals for the individual
defendants. Two defendants died before the trials began.
“I am delighted that San Francisco State University students and
faculty will be able to study original transcripts from the Nuremberg
Trials,” said George Sarlo, president of the Sarlo Foundation.
“San Francisco State’s Jewish Studies Program is the ideal
home for these invaluable transcripts. They document a sad, yet important,
piece of history that, if studied for generations to come, hopefully
can help people gain a better understanding of our world and avoid future
tragedies against humanity.”
The transcripts, which are in German, are housed in the Marvin L. Silverman
Jewish Studies Reading Room on campus and available for students and
other scholars to use for research, as well as the general public. Faculty
might incorporate the transcripts into their classes.
“We greatly appreciate the generosity of Ms. Thompson and the
Sarlo Foundation for giving the Jewish Studies Program these important
transcripts,” said Jewish Studies Acting Director Marc Dollinger,
Richard and Rhoda Goldman Chair in Jewish Studies and Social Responsibility.
“The transcripts will bolster the program’s collection in
Judaica and help to establish the program, and San Francisco State as
a whole, as vital centers of Jewish learning. They will be an indispensable
resource for many lifetimes.”
“These transcripts provide a glimpse into a crucial part of the
world’s history. The Nuremberg Trials established precedent in
international law by bringing to justice individuals whose genocidal
actions still shock the conscience of the world,” SFSU President
Robert A. Corrigan said. “The transcripts will greatly further
our understanding of the Holocaust and World War II — not just
at San Francisco State, but across the globe. And understanding will
help us keep an atrocity like the Holocaust from ever happening again.”
The Sarlo Foundation was established by venture capitalist George Sarlo
and his wife Kim in 1992 as a supporting foundation of the Jewish Community
Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma counties.
The foundation recognizes that most Americans were once immigrants,
many who were provided life-transforming opportunities by community
agencies. The foundation supports groups that focus on education, training,
counseling, medical crisis intervention and other services that make
a significant difference in the lives of individuals.
Founded in 1993, the Jewish Studies Program attracts a diverse group
of students from many racial and ethnic backgrounds, including participants
in SFSU’s elders programs and other community members. Students
learn a variety of Jewish history, thought and culture from a renowned
faculty that includes Associate Professor Fred Astren, who has enjoyed
visiting fellowships at UC Berkeley and Oxford, and Dollinger. The Marvin
L. Silverman Jewish Studies Reading Room, named after one of the program’s
founding faculty, contains a special collection of more than 2,000 academic,
reference and historical books on Jewish subjects. The program offers
a bachelor’s degree in Modern Jewish Studies, a minor in Jewish
Studies and a graduate certificate in Jewish Community Studies.
The Jewish Studies Program is also supported by the Richard N. and Rhoda
H. Goldman Philanthropic Fund, Jewish Community Endowment Fund, Koret
Foundation, Gaia Fund and individual donors.
For more information about the Jewish Studies Program, call (415) 338-6075,
send e-mail to email@example.com,
or visit: www.sfsu.edu/~jewish.
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