Chevalier, Haakon, 1902-1985

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Haakon Maurice Chevalier was a translator and professor of French at the University of California-Berkeley. After working as a translator for the French government at the first meeting of the United Nations in 1945, he was asked by the War Department to serve as interpreter at the Nuremberg Trials. He was later responsible (with Leon Dostert) for the introduction of simultaneous interpretation at the United Nations. Chevalier was friends with the atomic physicist Robert Oppenheimer; these relations led to his appearance before the House Subcommittee on Un-American Activities. He later authored a memoir of these events, entitled "Oppenheimer: The Story of a Friendship."

From the description of Haakon Maurice Chevalier diary [manuscript], 1945-1946 1945-1946. (San Diego State University Library). WorldCat record id: 8902506

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referencedIn Miscellaneous papers of the Virginia Quarterly Review, ca. 1910-1947. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Chevalier, Haakon, 1902-1985. Haakon Maurice Chevalier diary [manuscript], 1945-1946 San Diego State University Library, SDSU Library and Information Access
referencedIn J. B. Matthews Papers, 1862-1986 and undated David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
referencedIn Griffiths, Gordon, 1914-. Venturing outside the ivory tower : the political autobiography of a college professor : typescript, circa 1999. Library of Congress
referencedIn Miscellaneous papers of the Virginia Quarterly Review [manuscript], ca.1910-1947. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf League of American Writers. Correspondence : with Theodore Dreiser, 1935-1942. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Berkeley Playmakers. The Berkeley Playmakers : scrapbook, 1924-1948. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Granville Hicks Papers, 1906-1980 Syracuse University. Library. Special Collections Research Center
referencedIn Martin J. Sherwin Collection Relating to J. Robert Oppenheimer, 1910-2006, (bulk 1931-2006) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Benjamin H. Lehman Papers Bancroft Library
referencedIn Sherwin, Martin J. Martin J. Sherwin collection relating to J. Robert Oppenheimer, 1910-2006 (bulk 1931-2006). Library of Congress
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associatedWith Berkeley Playmakers. corporateBody
associatedWith Griffiths, Gordon, 1914- person
associatedWith Hicks, Granville, 1901-1982 person
associatedWith League of American Writers. corporateBody
correspondedWith Lehman, B. H. (Benjamin Harrison), 1889-1977 person
associatedWith Matthews, J. B. (Joseph Brown), 1894-1966 person
associatedWith Sherwin, Martin J. person
associatedWith Sherwin, Martin J. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
World War, 1939-1945
Nuremberg Trial of Major German War Criminals, Nuremberg, Germany, 1945-1946


Birth 1902-09-10

Death 1985-07-04





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