"These historically significant documents have been selected by the Rutgers Journal of Law & Religion from the Donovan collection , which is kept at the Cornell University School of Law Library . By agreement, Cornell's law library will make acid-free and digital copies for use by the RutgersJournal of Law & Religion. Then, the RJLR will serve as the main outlet for publication on the internet of other selected portions of the extensive Donovan collection, which comprises nearly 150 bound volumes of Nuremberg trial transcripts and materials.
"The documents come from the personal archive of General William J. Donovan , who served as special assistant to the U.S. chief of counsel during the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg. The International Military Tribunal was convened following the conclusion of World War II to hold accountable the principal perpetrators of the Holocaust. The tribunal addressed four counts: conspiracy, crimes against peace, war crimes (including genocide), and crimes against humanity.
"In addition to posting selected documents on its web site, the Rutgers Journal of Law & Religion will solicit commentary from Holocaust and Nuremberg scholars. In addition, the RJLR will provide hyperlinks to other web sites containing relevant articles and information."
William Joseph Donovan - Major General, United States Army
Born at Buffalo, New York, January 1, 1883, he earned the Medal of Honor for service in World War I, where he earned the nickname "Wild Bill."
He is the ONLY American to have received our nation's FOUR highest awards, The Medal of Honor, the Distinguished Service Cross, the Distinguished Service Medal and the National Security Medal.
During World War II, he founded, and then led, the OSS (Office of Strategic Services - the predecessor of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
Following the war, he served as an Assistant to Robert Jackson, Chief American Prosecutor at the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials. He also served as United States Ambassador to Thailand in 1953.
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