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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Inventory

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Jack G. Wheelis Papers, 1933, 1945-1950



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Wheelis, Jack G.
Title: Wheelis, Jack G., Papers
Dates: 1933, 1945-1950
Abstract: The Jack G. Wheelis Papers document the War Tribunal at Nuremberg through the official record "Trial of the Major War Criminals Before the International Military Tribunal," U.S. military documents, Wheelis' personal correspondence and postcards sent to Hermann Göring.
Extent: 2 ft., 11 in.
Language: Materials are written in English. and German.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

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.

Source:

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.

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Scope and Contents

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.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Wheelis, Jack G. -- Archives
Göring, Hermann, 1893-1946
Subjects (Organizations)
International Military Tribunal
Subjects
Nuremberg Trial of Major War Criminals, Nuremberg, Germany, 1945-1946
Nuremberg War Crime Trials, Nuremberg, Germany, 1946-1949
War crime trials -- Germany -- Nuremberg
World War, 1939-1945
Places
Nuremberg (Germany)

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Jack G. Wheelis Papers, 1933, 1945-1950, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

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.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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3H184 Letters, 1949-1950, undated
War crimes, military tribunal case numbers 3 and 7
War crimes, discharged personnel
War crimes, General's discharge file
Nurnberg, 1933
Deutschland Erwacht Werden, Kampf und Sieg der NSDAP, 1933
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3H185 Trials of the Major War Criminals Before the International Military Tribunal, November 14, 1945-October 1, 1946, Nuremberg, Germany:
Volumes II-VII, 1947
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3H186 Volumes VIII-XII, 1947
Volume XIII, 1948
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3H187 Volumes XIV-XIX, 1948
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3H188 Volume XXV, 1947
Volumes XX-XXII, 1948
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3H189 Volume XXVI, 1947
Volumes XXVII-XXIX, 1948
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3H190 Volumes XXX-XXXII, 1948
Volume XXXIII, 1949

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