BY KENNETH JUPP
4 May 2006 — 3 June 2006
In 1946 Rebecca West, celebrated writer and journalist, arrives in Nuremberg to report on the world’s first ever war-crimes trial. There she is witness to a young US lawyer who faces the most difficult cross examination of his life - because, although Hjalmar Schacht may not have been a mass murderer, he was the economist who made Hitler's Third Reich work. Is he guilty? Behind the official pursuit of justice there lurks a far more complicated tale of political intrigue, moral compromise and fatal betrayal.
Rebecca West lived in Richmond until the age of 14, and was described in 1954 by Kenneth Tynan as “the best journalist alive”. Among her many books, fiction and non-fiction, are A Train of Powder and The Meaning of Treason.