Richard Sonnenfeldt

When it came time to pick an interpreter for the Nazi war-crimes trials at Nuremberg, the prosecution settled on a man who barely escaped the Holocaust. As a child, Richard Sonnenfeldt fled Nazi Germany for boarding school in England, where, because of his nationality, he was declared an "enemy alien" and deported. On his way to an internment camp in Australia, he survived an attack by a German U-boat and was later abandoned in India when British officials realized he was Jewish. After being drafted into the U.S. Army in 1943, Sonnenfeldt, who died Oct. 9 at 86, fought in the...

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