A Guide to the Arthur W. Fanta Papers, undated, 1945-1963

A Guide to the Arthur W. Fanta Papers

Summary Information

Title
A Guide to the Arthur W. Fanta Papers
Inclusive Dates
undated, 1945-1963
Extent
0.25 Linear feet
Abstract
The collection contains the papers of Dr. Arthur W. Fanta, who was involved with the work of the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg from 1945-1948, but there is little beyond the indictment that documents his work at the Nuremberg Trials in the collection.
Call Number
2012.0124
Language
English
Finding Aid Prepared By
Finding aid prepared by Krista Miller. (October 2012)
Repository
University of Connecticut Libraries 405 Babbidge Road Unit 1205 Storrs, Connecticut, 06269-1205 860.486.2524 archives@uconn.edu

Preferred Citation

[Item description, #:#], Arthur W. Fanta Papers.  Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center,  University of Connecticut Libraries.

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Access and Use

Acquisition Information

This collection was donated in 2012.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open and available for research.

Preferred Citation

[Item description, #:#], Arthur W. Fanta Papers.  Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center,  University of Connecticut Libraries.

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Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • Clippings (information artifacts).
  • Manuscripts (document genre)
  • Photographs
  • Publications

Personal Name(s)

  • Fanta, Arthur W.
  • Fanta, Ruth Roscoe
  • McDonald, Robert

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Biography

Dr. Arthur W. Fanta was born in  Broumov, Bohemia (  Czech Republic), on August 1, 1893. He received his doctorates of law and philosophy from the  University of Prague and the  University of Vienna. After serving in the Austrian Army during the First World War, Fanta practiced international and industrial law in  Karlsbad, Czechoslovakia. He also served as the Legal Advisor to the Social Democratic Party in  Czechoslovakia. Because of this affiliation and his political activities against the Nazi Party, Fanta was forced to flee to  England in 1939. He remained in  England during the war and was employed for two years by the British Ministry of War as a Lecturer for the British Army.

In 1945, Fanta became a U.S. War Department employee, acting as one of the prosecutors and trial attorneys in the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials. He was involved in the prosecution of Hans Lammers, chief of the Reich Chancellery, and the interrogation of Gauleiter  Ernst Bohle, leader of Nazi activity outside of  Germany. While working on the trials, Fanta met the American  Ruth Roscoe. They married in 1948 and moved to the  United States later that year. While living in the United States, Fanta taught at  Trinity College in  Hartford, Connecticut, the  University of Hartford, and the  University of Pennsylvania. He was also a research associate and statistician with the State Department of Labor. Fanta died on July 9, 1963 at the age of 69.

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Scope and Contents

The collection contains the papers of Dr. Arthur W. Fanta. The papers are mostly biographical in nature, including two obituaries, a speaker pamphlet, and a two page typed biography. There are also a number of photographs of Fanta and his wife, Dr.  Ruth Roscoe Fanta, possibly taken during their time in  Germany. The collection also contains a map of  Czechoslovakia, where Fanta was born, showing major cities and connecting roadways. A large portion of the collection is Fanta’s copies of the International Military Tribunal’s indictment against the major Nazi War Criminals, a reflection of his work at the Nuremberg War Trials from 1945-1948. There is no additional documentation of his work at the Nuremberg Trials in this collection.

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Related Materials

Separated Materials

International Military Tribunal, Nurnberg, Germany 1945-1946 [pamphlet prepared by Public Relations, HQ CMD, IMT, undated]

Justice at Nurenberg. Inscribed by Arthur Fanta. Photographed by Charles W. Alexander, text by Anne Keeshan. Marvel Press, 1942.

Nürnberg. 1945. Published portfolio of drawings of heavily damaged historic structures in the historic city.

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Collection Inventory

Series I: Papers and photographs, undated, 1945-1963   0.25 Linear feet

BoxFolder

Biography, [1949] 

11

International Military Tribunal Indictment against Major Nazi War Criminals, undated 

12

Lecture/Speaker pamphlet, undated 

13

Map of Czechoslovakia, undated 

14

Obituaries, 1963 

15

Photographs, undated 

16

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