Zvláštní dopisovatel Československé tiskové kanceláře, Norimberk

  • Special Correspondent of the Czechoslovak Press Office, Nuremberg
  • NAD 1023
Language of Description
1945 - 1949
Level of Description
  • English
  • Latin

Extent and Medium

6,2 linear metres of documents from which all are processed and inventoried. The fonds is fully accessible.

Biographical History

The Nuremberg trials were the series of military trials held for the prosecution of prominent Nazi leaders in Germany after the WWII. The first and most known trial of 24 “major war criminals” such as Martin Bormann, Hermann Göring or Rudolf Hess etc. was held before the International Military Tribunal from November 20, 1945 to October 1, 1946. This major trial was followed by 12 trials (known as subsequent Nuremberg trials) held before the U.S. Military Tribunals which tried Nazi leaders responsible for other economic, political and military matters of the Third Reich. The Special Correspondent of the Czechoslovak Press Office was one of many journalists sent to Nuremberg by press agencies to get current and relevant information.

Archival History

The documents were transferred to the National Archives in 1967 and during the processing, they were spread according to the kind of information to both Nuremberg fonds. In 1976, both of them were re-inventoried and documents selected according to the creator – the special correspondent – were separated into a new fonds.

Scope and Content

The fonds consists of the documents and files created by Rostislav Kocourek the only special correspondent working for the Czech Press Office in Nuremberg in 1945 – 1949. The documents contains his correspondence with Bohumil Ečer, the Czechoslovak delegate in the Commission, stenographic records from the trials, hearings of witnesses, information to each defendant, Commission conclusions such as the list and the characteristics of Nazi organizations, crimes committed on the Czechoslovak territory, hand written notes, outlines and drafts etc. Documents were selected to be used for a journalist work, the fonds then can be used as an introduction to the topic.

System of Arrangement

There are general information and the correspondence in first boxes, the rest of the fonds is separated to each trial (to the main trial and to 12 subsequent trials in the chronological order).

Finding Aids

Publication Note

ZAJICEK, Karel. Československo a norimberský proces: hlavní dokumenty norimberského procesu o zločinech nacistů proti Československu. 1. vyd. V Praze: Min. informací, 1946. 405, [vii] s., [viii] s. obr. příl.

Archivist Note

Based on online inventory http://www.badatelna.eu/fond/4815 wtitten by JV

Rules and Conventions

EHRI Guidelines for Description v.1.0

Dates of Descriptions

November 21, 2014