Monday, April 30, 2007

... another key to the mystery of Beatrice

Yesterday's New York Times brought sad news--the passing of Robert Rosenthal, a member of the prosecution team at Nuremberg and a highly decorated World War II pilot. Rosenthal's obituary shed further light on an elusive subject that naturally interests me (Beatrice) greatly--an earlier generation of IntLawGrrls' contribution to the Nuremberg prosecution. On his way to Nuremberg, the Times wrote, Rosenthal "met another lawyer on the prosecutorial staff, Phillis Heller, whom he married in Nuremberg." Earlier reports of female prosecutors were provided by the venerable Nuremberger Benjamin Ferencz, as my IntLawGrrl profile explains:

About Me
Patricia Viseur Sellers, who served for twelve years as advisor on gender issues in the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, “discovered” me. Wondering whether any women served as a senior professional at Nuremberg, Ms. Sellers has asked Nuremberg prosecutors if they could name any. In response, Benjamin Ferencz told Ms. Sellers that, along with another woman whose name he could not recall, “Beatrice” was part of the Nuremberg Prosecution team, and recalled that I live in New York. Despite concerted efforts to find me there, Ms. Sellers has not yet been able to do so. But thanks to her determination to ensure that I remain part of the history of Nuremberg, I have not been totally erased.

If Phillis Heller Rosenthal is the other female prosecutor whose name previously eluded Mr. Ferencz, perhaps yesterday's sad news will help ensure that she, too, remains a part of our collective history.

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