Thomas Brand - "Crimes against Humanity, & the Lessons of Nuremberg"
Colonel (ret.) Thomas Brand, who served for many years in the Judge Advocate General Corps, is the son of James T. Brand, a justice of the Oregon Supreme Court and the judge who oversaw the trials at Nuremberg that focused on crimes against humanity. Judge Brand was the model for Spencer Tracy's character in the film classic, Judgment at Nuremberg. In his talk at OSU, Thomas Brand reviewed the history and progress of International Criminal Law. Drawing on both his own expertise in International Law and his father's observations, he commented on the concept of "Crimes against Humanity" as it was applied at Nuremberg. This talk was presented as part of Holocaust Memorial Week, 2001 At Oregon State University, we have observed Holocaust Memorial Week every year since 1987. The breadth and the duration of our effort are unmatched in the Pacific Northwest. This program grows from the belief that educational institutions can do much to combat prejudice of all kinds, and to foster respect for the diversity that is America, by promoting an awareness of the Holocaust, perhaps the most horrific historical indicator of the high cost of prejudice. It is particularly important to teach young people about the Holocaust, so that coming generations will not forget the lessons that a preceding one learned at such cost. This emphasis recalls the motto of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum: "For the dead and the living, we must bear witness."