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Austin Sarat, Lawrence Douglas, and Martha Merrill Umphrey

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780804756839

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804756839.001.0001

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Committed to Memory: Rebecca West's Nuremberg

Committed to Memory: Rebecca West's Nuremberg

(p.91) Committed to Memory: Rebecca West's Nuremberg
Law and Catastrophe

Ravit Pe'er-lamo Reichman

Stanford University Press

As a writer with no legal training, Rebecca West's reports from Nuremberg for The Daily Telegraph proved some of the most memorable and surprising, and it is in both senses that the chapter explores the essays as conveying an experience, rather than an explication, of law. These essays represent instances of legal writing that transform the trial from the unlikeliest of vantage points, offering a sense of what it felt like to bear witness to a moment of historical justice. Despite their innovativeness, they have been almost entirely overlooked by critics, who instead focus on West's epic, genre-defying work Black Lamb and Grey Falcon (1941). The chapter proposes to restore to these pieces their remarkable potency and in doing so to explore the rhetorical and associative ways in which they shed light on Nuremberg.

Keywords:   Nuremberg, women writers, The Daily Telegraph, essays, law, legal writing, historical justice

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