Recovering Hitler's Nuremberg Laws, from Patton's Trophy to Public Memorial
Anthony M. Platt, Cecilia E. O'Leary
- ISBN: 9781594511394
- Extent: 280pp
- Release Date: 20 Dec 2005
- Size: 229mm x 152mm
- Format: Hardback
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- Category: History
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At the end of World War II, an American military intelligence team retrieved an original copy of the 1935 Nuremberg Laws, signed by Hitler, and turned over this rare document to General George S. Patton. In 1999, after fifty-five years in the vault of the Huntington Library in southern California, the Nuremberg Laws resurfaced and were put on public display for the first time at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.
In this far-ranging, interdisciplinary study that is part historical analysis, part cultural critique, part detective story, and part memoir, Tony Platt explores a range of interrelated issues: war-time looting, remembrance of the holocaust, German and American eugenics, and the public responsibilities of museums and cultural centers.
This book is based on original research by the author and co-researcher, historian Cecilia O'Leary, in government, military, and library archives; interviews and oral histories; and participant observation. It is both a detailed, scholarly analysis and a record of the author's activist efforts to correct the historical record.
About The Author
Anthony M. Platt is Professor Emeritus at California State University, Sacramento, where he has taught since 1977. His books include The Child Savers: The Invention of Delinquency (1969); The Politics of Riot Commissions, 1917-1970 (MacMillan, 1971); and E. Franklin Frazier Reconsidered (Rutgers University, 1991). His essays have appeared in Monthly Review, Z magazine, Los Angeles Times and Souls.
Cecilia E. O’Leary is Associate Professor of American History at California State University, Monterey Bay, and author of To Die For: The Paradox of American Patriotism (1999).