Fritz Weinschenk papers
Fritz Weinschenk (1920-2012) was born in Mainz, Germany but left in 1935 because of Nazi persecution. He volunteered for the U.S. Army immediately after Pearl Harbor and became a naturalized citizen while undergoing his military training. His unit landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day and later served in the Pacific. After the war he returned to Germany to serve in the U.S. Counter Intelligence Corps and worked with the U.S. prosecution team in the trial of German war criminals at Nuremberg. In New York he became one of the “attorneys of confidence” to the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, and from the 1960s to the 1990s he was frequently appointed commissioner by West German courts and prosecutors in proceedings against war criminals. He published articles about the German trials and served as counsel for Nazi victims in hundreds of restitution and indemnification claims.
Funding Note: The cataloging of this collection has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
Fritz Weinschenk sent part of the Fritz Weinschenk papers to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1994 and donated the rest in 2001. The accession previously cataloged as 2001.172 has been incorporated into this collection.
The Fritz Weinschenk papers are arranged as three series: I. Case files, 1951-1998, II. Writing files, 1968-1998, III. Gestapo Bremen and Abwehr guidelines and regulations, 1912, approximately 1935-1942
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