Glimpses of Women at the Tokyo Tribunal
The Tokyo Tribunal Perspectives on Law, History and Memory (Viviane E. Dittrich, Kerstin von Lingen, Philipp Osten and Jolana Makraiová eds., 2020)
28 Pages Posted: 3 Jan 2019 Last revised: 9 Dec 2020
Date Written: January 2, 2019
Compared to its Nuremberg counterpart, the International Military Tribunal for the Far East has scarcely been visible in the seven decades since both tribunals’ inception. Recently the situation has changed, as publications of IMTFE documents have occurred alongside divers legal and historical writings, as well as two films and a miniseries. These new accounts give new visibility to the Tokyo Trial – or at least to the roles that men played at those trials. This essay identifies several of the women at Tokyo and explores roles they played there, with emphasis on lawyers and analysts for the prosecution and the defense. As was the case with my 2010 essay, “Portraits of Women at Nuremberg,” the discussion is preliminary, offering glimpses of the Tokyo women in an effort to encourage further research.
Keywords: International Military Tribunal for the Far East, World War II, Tokyo Tribunal, Nazis, war criminals, women, Virginia Bowman, Lucille Brunner, Eleanor Jackson, Helen Grigware Lambert, Grace Kanode Llewellyn, Bettie Renner, Coomee Strooker-Dantra, Elaine B. Fischel
JEL Classification: K33
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