Original Nuremberg trial transcripts found at Lynn, 3 spring courses surround the documents

Criminal justice, drama and international film courses will take a closer look at trials this semester
Original Nuremberg trial transcripts found at Lynn, 3 spring courses surround the documents

Published Jan. 07, 2010

The Nuremberg trials that prosecuted more than 200 Nazi Germany leaders post World War II are being brought to life at Lynn University this spring. In 1998, the League for Educational Awareness of the Holocaust, Inc. (LEAH) donated a set of 42 original volumes of the Nuremberg trials to the Lynn library. This spring semester (Jan. 25 – May 4) Lynn is offering three courses – in criminal justice, drama and film – that will focus of the original Nuremberg documents.

Sindee Kerker, associate professor of criminal justice in Lynn’s College of Liberal Education and former prosecutor in the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office NurembergBooksfor seven years who worked in the L.A. Office during O.J. Simpson’s trial, will teach the Nuremberg trials course with Rabbi Jessica Brockman of Temple Beth El in Boca Raton. On Holocaust Remembrance Day (April 9), Kerker’s students will present their final papers to members of the local community – including some individuals who actually participated in the trials.

“This course will examine the lessons of Nuremberg and the legacies that resulted from the Nuremberg trials including the precedents established for war crimes, military tribunals and the international court of justice,” said Kerker. “Students will have the opportunity to study both the historical and legal perspective of the Nuremberg trials by working with primary documents from the trials to examine the issues of justice, injustice, racism and power as revealed by the horrifying crimes of the Nazis during World War II.”

Adam Simpson, assistant professor of drama in Lynn’s College of International Communication, will use parts of the original Nuremberg trial transcript to create a drama production. “Project Nuremberg,” as Simpson calls his class, “will incorporate a multitude of performance arts including live theater, dance, movement, music, documentary and reenacted film work. The courtroom dialogue will be drawn directly from the transcripts.”

The third spring course surrounding the Nuremberg trial documents will feature the award-winning international film “Judgment at Nuremberg” and will be taught by assistant professor of film in Lynn’s College of International Communication, Nava Dushi. The play and a screening of the movie will be open to the public in April.