At 20 years old, U.S. soldier Moritz Fuchs not only witnessed history unfold before him, he ensured that it happened, safely.
It was 1945 and the world was learning of the atrocities committed against prisoners under the Nazi regime. As the only bodyguard to the lead prosecutor, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson, during the Nuremberg Trials of WWII, Fuchs said his mission was clear: to protect Justice Jackson 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
“Jackson was very strong in saying that we must offer the world an opportunity to see the wrongness, and the appropriate punishment for wrongness,” Fuchs said in 2010, reflecting on the experience. “People are responsible for their actions, and governments are responsible for their actions.”
Fuchs will recount his experiences during the Nuremberg Trials and as bodyguard to Justice Jackson at 2 p.m. on Thursday, December 8 in the Irene A. Bisgrove Community Theatre at Cayuga Community College, 197 Franklin St., Auburn. His visit is sponsored by the Criminal Justice Club, the Veterans Club, and the History Club at the College.
Fuchs has been featured in several documentaries about the trials, and also was depicted in the Hollywood TV mini-series, Nuremberg, starring Alec Baldwin and Christopher Plummer.
He eventually went on to become a priest in the Catholic Church and now resides in Fulton, N.Y.
“We are so excited to have Rev. Fuchs come to campus to share his experiences with our students and community members,” said Professor and Criminal Justice Club Advisor Teri Misiaszek. “This event will be a fantastic learning opportunity for students in a multitude of ways.”
The event is free and open to the public.
For more information, contact Misiaszek at [email protected] or 315-255-1743, ext. 2427.