To: Cmdr. James B. Donovan / From: Lt. Walter Rothschild / Subject: Contribution of the Documentary Research Unit to the Work of the U.S. Chief of Counsel / Office of Strategic Services / Mission to Great Britain / APO413 / U.S. Army
Nuremberg, Germany: International Military Tribunal, 1945-10-03
Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Law Library
Subdivision 57 / Documentation Division and London Evidence and Analysis Section
57.03 (Rothschild memo, 3 October)
Cmdr. James B. Donovan; Allan Evans; General Donovan; General MacDonald; Col. Bernays; Col. Wheeler; Prof. Glueck; Speer; Hitler; Keitel; Himmler; Goering
May 1938; January 1933-May 1945; 10 June 1945; 17 August 1945
This memo is a brief account of the formation, mission, and work of the DRU, and its contribution to the effort of document procurement pursued by the U.S. Chief of Counsel. The author summarizes how captured German documents were screened, translated, and analyzed, and lists the main sources by which these documents were collected. He also cites several examples of specific documents and documents collections (dossiers) that have been forwarded to the U.S. Chief of Counsel and will prove to "be of paramount importance to the Prosecution" (p.3). Following the memo is an excerpt from a memo to Justice Jackson; titled "Commendation of Officers," this excerpt is evidently the commendation to which Rothschild refers in point 9 of his memo to James B. Donovan. The commendation is, accordingly to Rothschild's identification, the work of Col. Bernays and provides a specific account of Rothschild's expert work in translating and analyzing German documents. Rothschild's memo is a typewritten carbon copy of good quality on blue, stable paper. The attached excerpt is a typewritten carbon copy on thin, browning paper.