Hilary Gaskin

Hilary Gaskin is the author of Eyewitnesses at Nuremberg, which will be reviewed here by Basil Davidson.

Diary: From Nuremberg to the Gulf

Hilary Gaskin, 25 April 1991

The time was 2.30 p.m. on Friday 22 March, the place the top floor of the Washington Hotel, Washington DC. Lined up on the platform in the glare of the television lights were nine elderly men, all into their seventies or beyond. Their names were Walter Brudno, Smith Brookhart, Nick Doman, Benjamin Ferencz, Whitney Harris, Charles Horsky, Henry King, Daniel Margolies and Walter Rockler, and they had all been prosecuting lawyers at the Nuremberg Trial and Subsequent Proceedings in 1945-9. Their audience was just as extraordinary: over a hundred men and women who had been lawyers, interpreters, translators, research analysts, secretaries, journalists and photographers at those trials, and who had come from all over the world to attend the 45th anniversary reunion of the International Military Tribunal. A gathering like this was never going to occur again, and the younger generation present trod softly in the presence of people who had cross-examined the men who for our century have been the definitive ‘war criminals’.


Distaste for Leavis

11 October 1990

As co-author of the ‘crappy little Cambridge emission’ referred to in your mercifully evenhanded letters page (Letters, 20 December 1990), my first reaction is to feel that the best way of dealing with the Leavises and the attitudes that they spawned is humour, but since your correspondents obviously find humour about Leavis more wounding than anything else, I had better spell out one or two serious...
SIR: I have followed with interest your postmortems on the miners’ strike and have been particularly impressed with the way in which you have given a platform to such a wide range of views – for example, the three very different pieces in the issue of 6 June. What is still lacking is a critical, non-partisan piece on the important issue of media coverage.For almost a whole year, from March 1984...

Bad Habits

Basil Davidson, 27 June 1991

The notion that war can be carried on without crime is as novel, I suppose, as the companion notion that the crime should afterwards be punished by legal process: the first idea has encouraged...

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