A Guide to the Jack G. Wheelis Papers, 1933, 1945-1950
Native Texas Lieutenant Jack G. Wheelis guarded high ranking Nazi prisoners during the Nuremberg trials. After befriending Nazi leader Hermann Göring, who was on trial for war crimes, Wheelis received gifts from Göring, including a pen, watch, and postcards. It is alleged that Wheelis helped Göring retrieve a cyanide capsule that had been hidden among his personal effects confiscated by the U.S. Army. Wheelis later died fighting in the Korean War.
Smith, Carol. "He guarded top Nazis at Nuremberg trials; now he'll share his story." Seattle Post-Intelligencer, November 8, 2007. Accessed March 14, 2011.
The Jack G. Wheelis Papers, 1933, 1945-1950, largely consists of thirty-two volumes of “Trial of the Major War Criminals Before the International Military Tribunal,” the official record of the trials. The collection also includes U.S. military documents regarding Nazi prisoners and tribunal cases at Nuremberg, the personal correspondence of Wheelis and postcards addressed to Göring.
This collection is open for research use.
Jack G. Wheelis Papers, 1933, 1945-1950, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light project, 2009-2011.
Detailed Description of the Papers