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."