When history was written in the Faber-Castell Castle
“Packed eight or ten in a room in a ramshackle building which serves as a press camp, they are forced to live under sanitary conditions – or rather the lack of them – which the State of New York never would permit in Sing-Sing."
The US-American publicist and journalist William L. Shirer compares the prevailing conditions in the Faber-Castell Castle at the time of the press camp during the Nuremberg Trials with the high-security prison "Sing-Sing" in New York.
The proceedings of the Nuremberg Trials before the International Military Tribunal (IMT) are exemplary for the prosecution of war crimes and to this day represent a unique media event that has attracted international attention.
In order to document the "Stunde Null" (“zero hour”) and the atmosphere associated with it, hundreds of reporters from all over the world travelled to the Franconian metropolis of today. The intellectual elite of journalism, literature and photography followed the Nuremberg Trials from the press gallery in Court Room 600 of the Nuremberg Palace of Justice. Among the most prominent observers were Rebecca West, Nora Waln, John dos Passos, exiled Germans such as Erika Mann, Willy Brandt and Erich Kästner, and Soviet press representatives Boris Polewoi and Yevgeny Khaldej.
During this time, most of the media representatives found accommodation in the Faber-Castell Castle, which was converted into a press camp by the US Army and used as such from 1945 to 1949.