One of the most prominent was WHITNEY HARRIS. A lawyer, he was a Chief Prosecutor at the Trials. He led his legal team’s case against Ernst Kaltenbrunner, the highest-ranking member of the Nazi Security Police to be charged. His book, TYRANNY ON TRIAL: The Evidence At Nuremberg is one of the most significant and comprehensive works published about the Trials. Harris moved to St. Louis in 1963, as General Solicitor for Southwestern Bell. A lecturer at Washington University, Harris was active in seminars and other programs at the school right up until his death in 2010, when he passed at the age of 97. During his time in St. Louis, Harris was active in many local charities and endowed programs at Washington University. Today, the Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute continues work and research on his interests and initiatives at Washington U.
Prior to, and after World War II, HENRY GERECKE was a missionary and chaplain in prisons and city jails in the St. Louis area. A graduate of Concordia Seminary, Gerecke was the Pastor at Christ Lutheran Church in St. Louis. During World War II, Gerecke was one of 250 Lutheran pastors from the Missouri Synod who joined the army to become army chaplains.
As a young girl, HEDY EPSTEIN, a German Jew, was saved by a Kindertransport to England. Her entire family perished in The Holocaust. In 1945, she returned to Germany where she served as a Research Analyst during the Nuremberg Trials for Doctors who worked with the Nazis. She immigrated to the United States after the Trials, eventually to St. Louis in the 60’s. Here, she worked tirelessly for numerous causes – affordable housing, employment discrimination, Pro-Choice movements – and against overly restrictive U.S. immigration policies. 3 days before her 90th Birthday, she was arrested for failure to disperse during demonstrations protesting police tactics crowds during the Michael Brown case. Hedy died in St. Louis at the age of 91 in 2016. Her motto: “Remember the past. Don’t hate. Don’t be a bystander.”
RICHARD L. STOKES was a St. Louis Post-Dispatch writer with an interest in entertainment. He covered ROBIN HOOD, the opening show of the Muny’s first season in 1919 for the Post.