Russian SSR, Soviet Union (born in the Russian Empire)
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Red Army ( World War II)
Alexander Fedorovich Volchkov (1902-1978) was the alternate Soviet judge during the Nuremberg Trials after World War II. Before taking up the practice of law he had worked in the Soviet film industry.
Alexander Volchkov survived the German Freedom Front's attack on the Palace of Justice in December 1945, which prevented war crimes trials of Nazis from taking place. The primary Soviet judge, Iona Nikitchenko, was killed along with over 200 people.
As Volchkov was being taken out on a stretcher,
Lou Weissberg mistook him for Nikitchenko. Volchkov, who had some English, corrected Weissberg, and informed those present that Nikitchenko was dead.
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