Nazi Prosecutor Loved Zinging 'Fat Boy' Goering

Letters offer glimpse into Nuremberg
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 20, 2009 7:23 AM CDT
British prosecutor Maxwell Fyfe is seen during the Nuremberg trials of Nazi leaders in 1946.   (Office of the United States Chief of Counsel)
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(Newser) – Newly released letters offer a glimpse behind the scenes of the Nuremberg trials of Nazi leaders, reports the BBC. The letters that British prosecutor David Maxwell-Fyfe sent his wife reveal a playful side—he refers to Reichsmarshall Hermann Goering as "the fat boy" and "slap-happy Hermann"—as well as an uneasy alliance with his American colleague Robert Jackson.

"I think that my cross-examination of Goering went off all right," Maxwell-Fyfe wrote after ripping the Nazi to shreds in  one of the 20th century's most famous cross-examinations. "Everyone here was very pleased. Jackson not only made no impression but actually built up the fat boy further. I think I knocked him reasonably off his perch."