At the end of World War II, Horace R. Hansen became chief prosecutor at the Dachau Concentration Camp. He prosecuted Nazis and witnessed other war-crimes trials.
On his staff were five of Hitler’s non-Nazi recorders who gave Hansen “insight into and information (some of it never reported elsewhere) about how Hitler rose to power, established dictatorship, and directed his war.”
Hansen prosecuted some GIs for multiple rape against German women and received a Bronze Star for his “outstanding service in the case, the solution of which appeared impossible. This pattern of proof laid a foundation for other prosecutions.”
Source: University of Minnesota
Hansen returned to St. Paul and joined forces with attorney Larry Hazen, whom he had known before the war, and three others to form Hansen, Robins, Davis, Lyons & Hazen. Later that year, Hansen and Hazen formed their own partnership. They soon became known as tough and innovative litigators. The firm they created remained in downtown St. Paul for the next 50 years before moving to its current location in Arden Hills.
Horace R. Hansen publishes Witness to Barbarism via Thousand Pinetree Press: “My story comprises an eyewitness report (including personal photos) of my journey across Europe with the liberating forces, the testimony of trial witnesses heard firsthand, and personal interview with intimate observers of Hitler in action. I tell it as here and now.”
“A chilling insight into the thoughts and behavior of Hitler and his followers…”
— St. Paul Pioneer Press