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For some sixty years, the Nuremberg trials have demonstrated the resolve of the United States and its fellow Allied victors of the Second World War to uphold the principles of dispassionate justice and the rule of law even when cries of vengeance threatened to carry the day. In the summer of 1945, soon after the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany, Thomas J. Dodd, the father of U.S. Senator Christopher J. Dodd of Connecticut, traveled to the devastated city of Nuremberg to serve as a staff lawyer in this unprecedented trial for crimes against humanity. Thanks to his agile legal mind and especially to his skills at interrogating the defendants—including such notorious figures as Hermann Göring, Alfred Rosenberg, Albert Speer, Joachim von Ribbentrop, and Rudolf Hess—he quickly rose to become the number two prosecutor in the U.S. contingent.

Over the course of fifteen months, Dodd described his efforts and his impressions of the proceedings in nightly letters to his wife, Grace. The letters remained in the Dodd family archives, unexamined, for decades. When Christopher Dodd, who followed his father’s path to the senate, sat down to read the letters, he was overwhelmed by their intimacy, by the love story they unveil, by their power to paint vivid portraits of the accused war criminals, and by their insights into the historical importance of the trials.

Along with Christopher Dodd’s reflections on his father’s life and career, and on the inspiration that good people across the world have long taken from the event that unfolded in the courtroom at Nuremberg, where justice proved to be stronger than the most unspeakable evil, these letters give us a fresh, personal, and often unique perspective on a true turning point in the history of our time. In today’s world, with new global threats once again putting our ideals to the test, Letters from Nuremberg reminds us that fear and retribution are not the only bases for confrontation. As Christopher Dodd says here, “Now, as in the era of Nuremberg, this nation should never tailor its eternal principles to the conflict of the moment, for if we do so, we will be shadowing those we seek to overcome.”

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Quotes & Awards

  • “At times anguished and stimulating, always informative and insightful, Thomas Dodd’s personal letters from the Nuremburg trial to his wife as presented by his son, Senator Christopher Dodd, constitute an important contribution to history. All those interested in the events resulting from the darkest zones of humanity will find this volume of great value.”

    Elie Wiesel, professor and political activist

  • “Thomas Dodd’s letters from Nuremberg illuminate the most important trial of the twentieth century through the moving and insightful reflections of a husband, father, and patriot as he made history. Chris Dodd places his father’s letters and the trial in context brilliantly, contrasting America’s deep commitment to the rule of law at Nuremberg with our unfortunate abandonment of that commitment at Guantanamo today. The publication of these letters is especially timely now, as we struggle to regain the respect we so justly earned sixty years ago when we demonstrated to the world the immense power of the rule of law.”

    Senator Edward Kennedy

  • “The content of Letters from Nuremberg represents an insightful, very personal perspective into the daily workings of the Nuremberg trials. Chris skillfully extrapolates this historic chapter of European history from the loving correspondence between his father, abroad in a war-torn land, and his mother, coping with the demands of a young family remaining at home. This book, written by my valued friend and colleague, will rightfully take its place on the shelf of history.”

    Senator John Warner

  • “This book is a tour de force—a gold mine for historians, an intimate love story, and a compelling portrait of key Nazi figures. Splendidly edited, the letters capture as never before the intrigue, the infighting, and the daily drama of one of the most important trials in history.”

    Doris Kearns Goodwin, New York Times bestselling author of The Bully Pulpit

  • Letters from Nuremberg is actually two important and absorbing books in one. Thomas Dodd’s letters take us into the emotional heart of that complex trial that established Nazi crimes for all future generations of humankind. Christopher Dodd’s meditations on them show us the compelling importance of his father’s experience at Nuremberg to our own world sixty years later.”

    Michael Beschloss, New York Time bestselling author of Presidential Courage

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Debra | 8/27/2013

    " I'd have preferred more about the trials and less about Dodd. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Stacey Blackburn Ousley | 4/1/2013

    " LOVED IT! In my mind's eye, i can envision when Senator Dodd was describing the postwar Nuremburg and walking through the leveled city, what it looked like. Beautiful book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dawn Hadley | 11/16/2012

    " At times daunting and tedious. But I was touched by this mans love for his wife, the longing of her companionship and his want to seek her opinion before he made decisions. It was another take on a dark time in our history, I am glad there were men who were dedicated to fairness and justice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by London Litchfield | 2/5/2012

    " Excellent history lesson. Wonderful love story "

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About the Author
Author Christopher J. Dodd

Christopher J. Dodd, son of the late Senator Thomas J. Dodd, is a US senator from Connecticut. He is chairman of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee and a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the Labor and Human Resources Committee. A former Peace Corps volunteer, Senator Dodd is a recipient of the Edmund S. Muskie Public Service Award and is also widely known for his work on children and family issues. He and his wife, Jackie Clegg Dodd, have two young daughters, Grace and Christina, and live in a converted schoolhouse in East Haddam, Connecticut.