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Vivien Spitz, Interview I

Vivien Spitz was the Chief Reporter of Debates in the United States House of Representatives from 1972 to 1982 and a Fellow of the Academy of Professional Reporters of the National Court Reporters Association. Spitz reported the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials in Germany from 1946 to 1948, which included the Nazi Doctors Cases. She published a book Doctors from Hell to document this experience.


Spitz volunteered as a court reporter for the Nuremberg trials. She listened in horror to the testimony at the Nuremberg Doctors’ Trial about physician cruelty during medical experiments and was stunned that some perpetrators “got off so lightly.” Because she did not think the Holocaust was being adequately taught in local schools, she began speaking publicly about what she had witnessed at Nuremberg.


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