Victors' Justice: A Letter Intended to Have Been Sent to a Friend Recently in Germany

Victors' Justice: A Letter Intended to Have Been Sent to a Friend Recently in Germany

Victors' Justice: A Letter Intended to Have Been Sent to a Friend Recently in Germany

Victors' Justice: A Letter Intended to Have Been Sent to a Friend Recently in Germany

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I have no difficulty in holding strong opinions. Some I have held longer than I realize. I have imagined that I was expressing one for the first time, and then have happened to discover that I had only forgotten having expressed it years before. The opinions supported in the following pages I already avowed in 1938. My difficulty is not in holding opinions. My difficulty lies in ascertaining why I hold the particular opinions I do.

In February 1947 I published in England a little book called Epitaph on Nuremberg. It was written between October 1945 and August 1946, at a time, that is to say, when much germane information had not yet become public. A publisher having lately proposed to issue the book in the United States, it occurred to both of us that the opportunity ought to be taken of expanding it. In the process of adding, however, I have been led to rewrite; not because my opinions have changed since 1946, any more than they have since 1938, but because I have discovered for them reasons which were not then apparent to me. This is virtually a new book.

I have had the benefit of reading publications by Dr. H. A. Smith, till 1946 professor of international law in the University of London, and by Mr. Louis Le Fur, formerly professor of law at Paris; and also the text of a lecture delivered at Heidelberg in 1947 by Professor Eduard Wahl. I wish also to acknowledge little helpful acts of kindness by Mr. Peter Baker, Mr. Felix Morley, and Mr. Henry Regnery, and valuable textual suggestions from Mr. Philip N. Starbuck.

But of course for everything I say in the following pages I alone am responsible.

M. B.

July 1948.

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