Nuremberg Diary

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Nuremberg Diary is Gustave Gilbert's account of interviews he conducted during the Nuremberg Trials of Nazi leaders, including Hermann Göring, involved in World War II and the Holocaust. Gilbert, a fluent German speaker, served as a prison psychologist in Nuremberg, where he had close contact with those on trial. The text is the verbatim notes Gilbert took immediately after having conversations with the prisoners, information backed up by essays he asked them to write about themselves.[1] The diary was first published in 1947,[2] again in 1948,[3] and reissued in 1961,[4] just before the trial of Adolf Eichmann in Jerusalem.

The 1948 London edition contains a foreword by Sir David Maxwell Fyfe, Deputy Chief Prosecutor for the British Legation. The edition is abridged, although this is not stated. For example, Göring's comment[5] that "the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country." is not present.


  1. ^ p. 3-4
  2. ^ New York: Farrar, Straus and Company.
  3. ^ London: Eyre & Spottiswoode.
  4. ^ New York: Signet.
  5. ^ The last paragraph of Ch. 12: Frank's Defense.