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Charles F. Wennerstrum

Born: Oct 11, 1889

Death: Jun 1, 1986

Profession: Lawyer

Nationality: United States

Charles F. Wennerstrum

Date of Birth : Oct 11, 1889
Date of Death : Jun 1, 1986

Charles F. Wennerstrum was an American lawyer who presided over and sharply criticized some of the Nuremberg war crimes trials after World War II. Wennerstrum was born in Cambridge, Illinois and studied at Drake University, where he graduated in law in 1914. Elected county attorney of Lucas County in 1916, he served as a lieutenant of the U.S. Army in World War I. From January 1, 1941, until December 31, 1958, he served on the Iowa Supreme Court, where he was chief justice for two years. During that time, he also served as the presiding judge in the Hostages Case at the Subsequent Nuremberg Trials in Nuremberg, Germany in 1947/48, where some Generals of the German army were tried for having committed war crimes. He assailed what he saw as the nationalistic and biased approaches of some prosecutors to the trials, suggesting that some of them were more interested in furthering their own careers than in seeing justice done. 'The trials were to have convinced the Germans of the guilt of their leaders,' he said in 1948. 'They convinced the Germans merely that they lost the war to tough conquerors.'


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