Reading some historical event or hearing it from the people who actually survived it, which one do you prefer?
This is the story of Nuremberg case audio tapes, why they were special and how a cash crunch saw them getting put on high risk for digitization.
- After the death of Adolf Hitler, the Nazi chain of command was facing trial for conspiracy, waging aggressive war, war crimes, and crimes against humanity.
- It was the world’s first fragile experiment in international justice, and the biggest challenge was the 4 different native languages in the courtroom.
- It was the job of Philip C. Erhorn, an audio specialist hired the US, to design the historical system that will record the Nuremberg’s trial.
- It was a challenge for him to design a 4 channel system good enough to allow interpreters simultaneously translate with a team he believed didn’t even know how to use a screwdriver.
- However, the collection of 1,942 Presto gramophone discs with at least 775 hours of the trial was forgotten for 62 years and later miraculously found in the archives of the International Court of Justice.
- Ottar Johnson, a Swedish professor famous for his Visual Audio process, was called to digitize the entire collection, but the budget of the whole process made ICJ change their mind and contact a French company instead.