St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Barber's brush with history Robert Horn guarded Nazi prisoners during the Nuremberg trials. Today, he cuts hair at Horn's Barber Shop in St. Louis and remembers the prisoners as everyday people with their own quirks.(Metro)

Byline: Michele Munz ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH


John Ferguson looked at the wall after the gray-haired barber at Horn's Barber Shop wrapped the cape around him. A photograph caught his eye - it was an image of the infamous defendants at the Nuremberg trials, taken from a different angle than the ones in history books and TV shows.

"Where did you get that?'" Ferguson asked his barber over the buzz of the clippers.

"Oh hell, I was over there," Robert Horn replied.

Horn, 82, is the only guard in the picture facing the camera. His stern face peeks from under his white helmet as he watches over the "Big 21" - as the masterminds behind the holocaust were known. An Army photographer had given him the photo as a souvenir.

While prosecutors and judges from the trials made history - like Whitney Harris now in his 90s, a Nuremberg prosecutor from Ladue - there are lesser-known players like Horn who have first-hand experience of the trial that led to the convictions of the most important captured leaders of Nazi Germany. …

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