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Drexel Sprecher describes reconstruction of buildings in Nuremberg

Drexel Sprecher was educated at the University of Wisconsin, the London School of Economics, and at the Harvard School of Law before receiving a position at the US Government's Labor Board in 1938. He enlisted in the American military after the United States declared war on Germany, and was posted to London. After the war, Sprecher served as a prosecutor of Nazi war criminals at the Nuremberg trials.


The amount of effort which was put into restoring that building, the Grand Hotel, and some of the other... the courthouse, was incredible. I mean whole battalions of engineers were sent in. Materials were flown from all over. Of course, we lacked glass, and there was very little glass made in Germany, so we took over the Belgian glass market for a few months in order to put windows throughout the courthouse as well as into the Grand Hotel and other places which were bombed out.


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