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Inside Nuremberg Prison

Inside Nuremberg Prison [Kindle Edition]

Helen Fry
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The extraordinary true story of Howard Triest, the only German-Jewish interpreter to work with the psychiatrists in the Nuremberg Prison during the trial.

At the end of WW2, twenty-two surviving members of Hitler’s government were behind bars in Nuremberg Prison, awaiting trial for their part in the most heinous crimes in history.

Munich-born Howard Triest fled Nazi Germany on the eve of war. Four years later he landed on Omaha beach with invading American forces and served on the frontline all the way to the invasion of Germany. As he entered the country of his birth, he felt euphoric. But there was a special, painful task ahead for the man whom the Nazis once wanted to kill and whose family had disappeared in France in 1942. Howard was assigned as the only translator to the psychiatrists working in the jail. For twelve months Howard walked into the prison cells on a daily basis and sat within inches of Hitler’s henchmen and the men who sent his parents to the gas chambers of Auschwitz. How did Howard react to being so close to pure evil? Was reconciliation with Germany possible in the light of such nationwide complicity? Sixty-five years later Howard is the only surviving witness to those prison interviews.


About the Author

Historian & biographer Dr Helen Fry has written over 20 books, mainly on aspects of WW2. These include: From Dachau to D-Day; Churchill's German Army; German Schoolboy-British Commando; Freuds' War; and Denazification. Helen is engaged on writing film scripts. Also, some of her books have been the subject of documentaries, including for National Geographic Channel. Her official author's website:

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 446 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Helen Fry (1 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0059K1YAQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Historian Helen Fry has written extensively on WWII with particular reference to the 10,000 Germans & Austrians who fought for Britain in the war. The most popular is her "Churchill's German Army", now available on Amazon as an e-book and the subject of a documentary by National Geographic Channel. Her WWII books continue to receive unprecedented ongoing media coverage in the national and international Press. Her most recent publication "The M Room: Secret Listeners who Bugged the Nazis" was a feature article on the BBC website, and Helen was interviewed with 2 surviving secret listeners on the BBC's One Show. The subject is a documentary for Channel 4 entitled "Spying on Hitler's Army".

Helen's book "Music & Men: the Life and Loves of Harriet Cohen" has been optioned for film with first draft Screenplay completed. It encapsulates the life of a stunningly beautiful and vivacious pianist whose impact and legacy on the music world was far-reaching in her day. It charts Harriet Cohen's colourful private life with a network of famous friends and lovers: literary, political and music figures, including Elgar, George Bernard Shaw, Vaughan Williams, Einstein, and HG Wells. Helen has been interviewed about it on Radio 4's Women's Hour (18 Sept 2008), and Radio 3 (28 Feb 2009).

Her WWII book "Inside Nuremberg Prison" tells the moving personal story of a veteran who is the last surviving witness to the Nazi interviews in Nuremberg at the end of WW2. This is the story of a man who, despite his own personal suffering at the hands of the Nazis, showed great dignity whilst in daily contact with the top Nazi leaders who were behind bars in the prison during the Nuremberg Trial.

Helen's book "From Dachau to D-Day" (2009) was given full-page feature articles in The Independent, and The Weekly News. Helen's highly acclaimed paper back book "Churchill's German Army" has received national and international coverage in the major newspapers. It was the subject of an 8-page special article with photographs in Military Illustrated (Dec 2008). The book was a sequel to "Jews in North Devon during the Second World War" (2005) which was awarded Devon Book of the Year and the subject of a documentary for BBC South-west.

Early in 2009 "Freuds' War" came out - a biography of the Freud line from Sigmund through his son Martin to grandson Walter. It drew on a substantial amount of previously unseen family archives, and provides a very human, fatherly portrayal of the founder of psychoanalysis and his family. Helen's book "German Schoolboy, British Commando" was published in early 2010, and was followed by "Denazification: Britain's Enemy Aliens, Nazi war Criminals & the Reconstruction of post-war Europe".

Helen Fry has branched out into historical fiction with James Hamilton under the pseudonym JH Schryer. Their debut novel Goodnight Vienna was published summer 2009, a love triangle of lust, love and betrayal set in Nazi-occupied Vienna in 1938. The sequel "Moonlight Over Denmark" came out in Spring 2010.
As JH Schryer, Helen and James have been sculptured by artist Jane McAdam Freud, daughter of Lucian Freud, in a piece inspired by the writing 'duo' called "Stone Speak". The first public showing was at the Freud Museum, London from 15 April-16 July 2010; then Los Angeles in autumn 2010, New York in January 2011 and Cracow, Poland in autumn 2011.

Helen is also the editor of some veteran WW2 autobiographies. She has worked with Herman Rothman on his autobiography "Hitler's Will", about the discovery of Hitler's last will and testament, sewn into the lining of the jacket of a POW who was arrested and brought into Fallingbostel camp at the end of the war.

Helen Fry received her Ph.D from the University of Exeter in 1996 and is an honorary research fellow in the Dept of Hebrew & Jewish Studies at University College London. She is a member of prestigious The Biographers' Club and The Society of Authors.

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This book gives a real insight into what it was like for the man who was involved in interviewing the war criminals of the second world war, a man whose parents were killed in Auschwitz. It is a fascinating story, one that gives a view of the personalities behind the atrocities committed during this very dark period in the 20th century, whilst it does not go into great detail about the trials themselves it does give us a very personal account of one man's experiences of the trials and the people he met and had to deal with in a professional manner, whilst knowing that they were responsible for the breaking up of his home, family and way of life. If you are interested in this period, and if like me sit there and wonder if those responsible were really people or monsters, this is the book to read. Well written, very easy to read - well worth a download!
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2.0 out of 5 stars An amazing story let down by a terrible narrator 22 Jan 2012
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The story of Howard Triest is an engaging, interesting and emotional one. His life through the 1930's as a Jew in Germany to his departure to the US is a roller-coaster of emotions. His life afterwards, joining the US army and ending up in Nuremberg prison as a translator for the main defendants is as fascinating as it is painful, particularly when you know that he knows his parents perished in the Holocaust.

This book has the potential to be a magnificent read, a tribute to a man who managed to rise above the mix of emotions he must have felt to do his job. This was also a man who managed to give us an insight of what the defendants were actually like. However, this books fails miserably to achieve its potential and it is through no fault of Mr Triest. In my opinion the fault lies fully with the author of this book. I do not think I have ever come across a book so littered with poor grammar, failure to punctuate in the correct places and an inability to even spell one of the psychiatrist's name correctly - I'm assuming the man's name was Kelley not Kelly as she seems to have prefered the Kelley spelling. Unfortunately for the reader these were not the worst transgressions of the author. Her ability to patronise the reader and treat them like a child is boundless. She repeats herself endlessly and never ceases to remind us that Howard's parents died in Auschwitz. While it is a very important point and does go to the heart of the story I do not need to be told this on every other page of the book. I am not an idiot and can retain what I have read. It would have been better if the author had revealed new information instead of constantly repeating things I already knew. Her lack of cohesion and the fact that she jumps all over the place is also frustrating.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting read 14 Aug 2013
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A good personal insight into what happened at the Nuremberg trial. Helen Fry's style I found to be riveting and I will read more of her books.
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3.0 out of 5 stars 5 star material, 3 star editing and presentation. 22 Sep 2011
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I first heard of this book from an article the BBC published in September 2011. I thought this story would be written in mostly first person, from Howard Triest's point of view. I was expecting a physical, published book. I was expecting it to be wonderfully well written. Alas...

I want to say, now, in case you don't read the rest, that the material here is wonderful and that I would still buy the book, now, if I had the option to do it over.

I sincerely wish that was had been written in first person from Howard. Putting this almost entirely in third person gives it a very detached feel and really leaves the reader wondering how much of this Howard said and how much of it is the writer extrapolating from some basic knowledge.

To Howard Triest: Thank you so much for taking part in such an important and crucial event to our world history. Your information is highly valued and, for me, something to be cherished. I do wish that you had been able to choose a different writer for this book, a different format, or even just a better editor who could catch punctuation errors. I wish it had truly been written in your voice because it could have been such a powerful, involved testimony to such privileged meetings. I think your story has the potential to be one of the greatest and most fascinating of all the WW2, Third Reich, and/or the Nuremberg trials.

Howard Triest may very well have been the most perfect translator for his American and British authorities at Nuremberg. His name did not "sound" Jewish. He absolutely did not "look Jewish." He was the epitome of a "proper Aryan," a "proper German," with his blonde hair and blue eyes. This helped him gain favor with some of the most notorious names from Hitler's Reich because they thought he was like them. They had no idea their translator was Jewish and that he had sought refuge in the US. Sadly, even until the day they each died, none of them knew that he was Jewish. None of them were made to face their misguided belief that someone could look Jewish. I wonder if, had they been told, even on their last day of life, of his roots, if the interrogators could have learned more about those men by watching them grapple with truth, with reality, with the possible realization that everything they believe in and would die for, was a farce.

All in all, buy the book. It is history that you can't get elsewhere. The mediocre writer is a drawback, but the material is gold.
5.0 out of 5 stars great tie in 21 July 2013
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this is a great tie in to the new book The Nazi and the Psychiatrist by Jack El-Hai due out 9/10
1.0 out of 5 stars She did not do adequate research 18 July 2013
By Eva L. Rogers - Published on
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Did not do adequate research. Vast differences between her work and the workj of others involved.
Will not order another bok by her.
2.0 out of 5 stars You get what you pay for; this book COULD have been amazing, but isn't. 25 Dec 2012
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This book reads like several different versions of the same book proposal were stapled together and left in a folder somewhere with the transcript of notes from an interview with the protagonist. The subject of this book deserved a far better writer. There is a huge story here, but we never really get to hear it. I'm not sure if the author might have been limited in the details they were 'allowed' to write about or what (I'm grasping at straws, here..), but Ms. Fry misses HUGE opportunities for genuine gripping storytelling here. I feel like I was talked into visiting this prison with the author, and then got knocked over the head and dragged into my own cell there. Through the bars, I got occasional glimpses of important people being escorted past. Some even stopped for a few minutes and told me a couple of things I didn't know. But overall, I feel mugged. I read it for the detailed information it DID have, and you should do the same. I guess it was worth the $2.99 I paid for what I got out of it.
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT TO ME 10 Dec 2012
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