Nuremberg, Germany: International Military Tribunal, 1945-11-17
Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Law Library
Subdivision 54 / Prosecution Staff Meetings and Organization
54.02 (Williams memo to Donovan, 17 November)
Major General William J. Donovan; Brigadier General John M. Wier
30 June 1946
This memo is the author's assessment of the organization, planning, and effort needed to bring to trial "perhaps 100,000 persons who are, or will be, brought into the custody of the American Armed Forces" (p.1) and who are alleged to be war criminals by specific act and/or membership in "organizations declared by the Court of first jurisdiction to be criminal" (p.3). After summarizing the present situation as it relates to the Nurnberg trial, and providing a general outline of organizational requirements for mounting additional prosecutions, Williams offers a series of specific suggestions on procedural, organizational, and policy matters, which he believes will make the overall effort more efficient and successful. This document is a typewritten original of excellent quality on good paper.