Reflecting on Nuremberg’s Legacy

Six decades ago, Norbert Ehrenfreund ’59 had a front row seat at the Nuremberg Trials as a cub reporter for the U.S. Army newspaper Stars and Stripes. The experience changed him forever, steering him to law school and later to the San Diego Superior Court, where he served as a judge for more than 30 years.

Ehrenfreund’s new book, The Nuremberg Legacy: How the Nazi War Crimes Trials Changed the Course of History, recounts his time at the trial and examines how Nuremberg reverberates through almost every area of modern life, from human rights to big business.

“Over the years I noticed several historians saying the Nuremberg precedent was dead,” says Ehrenfreund. “I was disturbed by this. I had seen the Nuremberg legacy—and its importance to modern society—grow so much, especially in the late 1990s. I wrote the book to show that the historians were wrong.”