Telford Taylor was an attorney, historian, writer and legal scholar. Taylor
was a Professor of Law at Columbia University Law School (1963-1976) and served
as Nash Professor Emeritus of Law (1976-1998). From 1945 to 1946, Taylor was a
member of the Office of United States Chief of Counsel, Nuremberg War Crimes
Trials, Nuremberg, Germany. In 1946, Taylor was appointed Chief Counsel, and
Prosecutor for the Nuremberg Military Tribunals that ran from 1946 to 1949. In
this photograph, Taylor is shown presenting the closing arguments of the
prosecution in the Einsatzgruppen case. The defendants, as officers of the
Einsatzgruppen extermination units, were charged with furthering Hitler's
program of genocide through the murdering of approximately one million Jews,
Gypsies, Poles, Soviet officials, and others marked in the Nazi race
purification plan for the strengthening of Germanism. "When a plan was so
criminal that Himmler and Hitler were ashamed of it," stated General Taylor, "it
must have been indeed horrible."
In his May 9, 1949 statement to the International News Service, Brig. Gen.
Taylor announced the end of the Nuremberg Military Tribunals. The document
contains Taylor's original corrections and clearance stamps from the Security
Review Section, Public Information Division, Special Staff United States Army.
Taylor declared: "... I venture to predict that as time goes on we will hear
more about Nuremberg rather than less, and that in a very real sense the
conclusion of the trials marks the beginning, and not the end, of Nuremberg as a
force in politics, law and morals." ... "Nuremberg was part of the process of
enforcing law-law that long antedated the trials, and that will endure into the
future; law that binds not only Germans and Japanese, but all men."