Website: Nürnberg Krupp Trial Papers of Judge Hu C. Anderson
Fellowship: Project Proposal
"The project itself drew me in—it was, and is, fascinating. The material itself is compelling. I must say, though, that a secondary but extremely important aspect was the opportunity to develop a different skill set given the limited job prospects in my field." — Jennifer Alexander
Of the various trials for war crimes held in Nuremberg, Germany, at the end of the Second World War, the Krupp Trial was the tenth in a series of twelve military tribunals held under the jurisdiction of the American occupation zone. The trial lasted from December 8, 1947 until July 31, 1948. The presiding judge assigned to the Krupp Trial (United States of America vs. Alfried Krupp, et al) was Hu C. Anderson, who was then presiding judge of the Tennessee Court of Appeals. The contents of the Krupp Trial Collection (34,000 pages housed in 50 archival boxes) are the personal papers of Judge Anderson which he used at the trial and later donated to the Law School of Vanderbilt University. These papers include: trial transcripts, affidavits, certificates of translation, maps, photostats and hand written notes kept by Judge Anderson. The materials of the Krupp Trial Collection will make a valuable contribution to the ongoing narrative of human rights, war crimes, abuse of power, theft of property and slave labor. With the assistance of library personnel from multiple departments, Jennifer went through all the papers, looking for discrepancies and removing old brads and staples, as she prepared to create an EAD finding aid of Judge Anderson’s personal papers and documents related to the Krupp Trial. In fall 2016, Jenifer will complete the online resource.
Jennifer Alexander , a PhD candidate in the graduate department of religion and fellow in the program in theology & practice, studies the gospel of Matthew and Jewish/Christian relations. Her dissertation focuses on an enigmatic verse: Matthew 19:12. During the 2014-15 academic year she taught at Belmont University. Before coming to Vanderbilt, Jennifer received master’s degrees from Brite Divinity School and Cornell University. She was the recipient of the Thomas W. Mackesey Prize for Academic Excellence at Cornell and three faculty book awards at Brite. A native Texan, Jennifer earned her bachelor’s degrees in international business and German from the University of Texas at Austin with high honors and completed coursework in German during her junior year abroad in Salzburg. Since 2011 she has been an active member of the Vanderbilt Holocaust Lecture Series Committee. Jennifer is also the mother of two wonderful children, Sophie and Isaac.