RESTORING HISTORY

10.12.2012 | Culture and Society, Campus and Community, Law

The University of Dayton will offer a free showing of one of the greatest courtroom dramas of all time, "Nuremberg: Its Lessons for Today (the Schulberg/Waletzky Restoration)."  The restored documentary will be presented at 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 24, at the 1700 South Patterson Building on campus.

Sandra Schulberg, daughter of the documentary's writer/director Stuart Schulberg, will introduce the 80-minute, black-and-white film, which her company meticulously restored frame by frame. U.S. District Court Judge Walter Rice will moderate a panel discussion at 7 p.m. The events are co-sponsored by the University of Dayton Speaker Series and the Gutmann Lectureship in Judaic Studies with additional support by Marshall Ruchman. A shuttle bus is available for University of Dayton students. For the schedule, see go.udayton.edu/speakerseries.

No tickets are required, but reservations are appreciated because a light appetizer will be served during intermission. RSVP to events@udayton.edu

University of Dayton students who are unable to attend the Oct. 24 showing can view the film at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 23, in the Sears Recital Hall in the Jesse Philips Humanities Building on campus.

This 1948 historic film about the first Nuremberg trial, commissioned by the U.S. Department of War, was widely shown in Germany but suppressed in the United States at the time. Over the decades, the original picture negative and sound elements were lost or destroyed. In 2009, filmmakers Sandra Schulberg and Josh Waletzky created a new 35mm negative and reconstructed the soundtrack using original sound from the trial.

The restoration allows audiences to hear U.S. Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson's famous opening and closing statements to the Tribunal, and testimony from the German defendants and their defense attorneys — all in their own voices — as well as bits of the English, Russian and French prosecutors. "The wrongs which we seek to condemn and punish have been so calculated, so malignant and so devastating that civilization cannot tolerate their being ignored because it cannot survive their being repeated," Jackson said in his opening statement. On leave from the Supreme Court, Jackson had been appointed by President Truman to serve as chief U.S. prosecutor at Nuremberg.

In addition to the film's screening, law students and the public are invited to hear law professor Thaddeus Hoffmeister talk about the Nuremberg legacy and the law from 9 to 10:15 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 25, in the Mathias H. Heck Courtroom in Keller Hall on campus. This course has been approved by the Supreme Court of Ohio Commission on Continuing Legal Education for one CLE hour of instruction.

 Co-sponsors for the University of Dayton Speaker Series include the Dayton Daily News, WDAO-Radio, YWCA Dayton, the Bob Ross Auto Group Ross and Markey's Audio Visual.

For more on "Nuremberg: Its Lesson for Today," see www.nurembergfilm.org. For more on the University of Dayton Speaker Series, see go.udayton.edu/speakerseries.

For information about the series, contact Sheila Hassell Hughes, director of the University of Dayton Speaker Series, at 937-229-3434 or Andrea Wade, communication and events coordinator for the office of the provost, at 937-229-1723.