Audible brings to life through dramatic performance the 1945-1946 radio broadcast reports covering the greatest courtroom drama of the 20th century - the Nuremberg trials. The original broadcasts have been lost forever, but the verbatim text - written by Harold Burson, founding chairman of one of the world’s leading public relations firms, Burson Marsteller, who at the time was a reporter for the Armed Forces Network - has been newly interpreted by an ensemble of some of our fine actors. This original production, published here for the first time and only in audio, blends journalism, history, re-enactment and performance, and reimagines what it was like to experience first-hand this groundbreaking trial and to witness close-up some of the most infamous figures in recent world history: members of the Nazi ruling class. The production is being released on the anniversary of the opening of the first and most famous trial, November 19, 1945.
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Now there was radio!
This audio book is well worth a listen for the colorful first person descriptions from the AFN reporter Harold Burson about the Nazi leadership and the tenor of the Nurember trial. In that courtroom Cpl. Burson literally had a front row seat to history, and he did a terrific job in doing what radio reporters should do - bring the audience into the courtroom by his vivid descriptions. The names of the defendants mean little when read in the history books, but he tried to separate them in character from the "colorful scoundrel" (Goering) to the dutiful officers (Keitel, Jodl) to the bureaucratic monsters (Sauckel, Seyss-Inquart).
The frank description of Hermann Goering's takeover of the trial as he took the witness stand. I had heard after-the-fact criticism of Justice Jack's cross-examination, but Cpl. Burson confirmed it in his same-day commentary.
Like I Was There
- David Enzel