Former Nuremberg Prosecutor Dies

The Robert H. Jackson Center recently announced the passing of H.W. William (Bill) Caming, one of the last surviving U.S. prosecutors at the Nuremberg trials, and a dear friend of the Jackson Center.

Caming, 94, passed at his home in Summit, N. J.

From 1946-49, Caming served as a principal prosecutor at the Nuremberg Trials. He made history as a lead prosecutor in the Ministries Case, the trial in which members of the German Foreign Office and other governmental ministers of the Nazi Regime were prosecuted. The Ministries Case was the only one of the eleven cases that followed the Trial of the Major War Criminals in which prosecutors secured convictions for crimes against peace.

Upon his return to the United States, Caming served as a privacy and security consultant for the CIA, FBI and Congress. Subsequently, he served as senior counsel on privacy issues for the American Telephone and Telegraph Company. After his retirement in 1984, he advised the American Bar Association on privacy matters.

As a friend of the Robert H. Jackson Center, Caming attended and supported the center’s many programs and events over the years since its inception. Of particular interest to him was the center’s youth educational programming on issues of justice in today’s world. In 2011, Caming was presented with the Joshua Heintz Award for Humanitarian Achievement at the Robert H. Jackson Center, in conjunction with its International Humanitarian Law Dialogs. The center has an extensive collection of video interviews of Caming discussing his life’s work. These can be found at, search William Caming.

The Robert H. Jackson Center’s mission is to advance the legacy of Robert H. Jackson – U.S. Supreme Court justice and chief U.S. prosecutor of the major Nazi war criminals following World War II at the International Military Tribunal trial at Nuremberg – through education and exhibits, and by pursuing the relevance of his ideas for future generations. The center is located at 305 E. Fourth St., Jamestown. Tours are available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. For more information, or to schedule a tour of the center outside of regular business hours, email or contact the Robert H. Jackson Center at 483-6646.