The interpreters who served during the Nuremberg Trials will be the focus of an exhibition and lecture series in Berlin coinciding with the World Congress of the International Federation of Translators (FIT).
The main proceedings in Nuremberg took place in 1945 and 1946 with four languages spoken actively in court: English, French, Russian and German. During what have become known as the Nuremberg Trials – one main proceeding plus twelve follow-up trials that continued until 1949 – the interpreters ensured smooth communication between judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, defendants and witnesses. Their work also constituted a breakthrough for simultaneous interpretation, at the time still in its infancy.
Using documents and images from almost seven decades ago, the exhibition examines the lives and careers of these interpreters.
Official opening: Monday 4 August, 6.30pm.
Hours thereafter: 5-9 August, 11.00am - 10.00pm
Lecture programme: 6.30 - 8.30pm as follows.
Mon 4 August: The Achievements of the Pioneers and the Consequences.
Tue 5 August: Between the front lines: Interpreters in conflict zones. Their challenges and protection.
Wed 6 August: Human rights violations in the courtroom? A critical assessment of court interpreting practice.
Fri 8 August: Between Hitler and Stalin – The Dilemma of the Soviet Interpreters at the Nuremberg Trial.
Admission is free. For full details consult the attached documents.
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