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Guarding history

Published 12/11/2010, Grand Forks Herald

Retired farmer recalls looking into the face of evil at Nuremberg — and getting an autograph
Arthur Olson stood in a prison hallway 64 years ago, facing a cell that held one man. A young Army private from northern Minnesota, Olson had orders to keep watch on the prisoner at all times through a small opening in the cell door, through which meals were passed. He also had orders not to talk to the prisoner. But one night, the 21-year-old American farm boy nudged a slip of paper through the opening and initiated a brief conversation.

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