Warren K. Semmel Served as Guard at Nuremberg Trials

“My dad was a young soldier stationed in Germany at the end of World War II when he received orders to report for duty as a cellblock guard at the Nuremberg Trials, where Hermann Goering was among the top Nazi defendants,” said Warren E. Semmel, a retired Smethport teacher and high school principal.

His father, Warren K. Semmel, was popularly known as “Johnny” in his Carbon County hometown of Lehighton, near the Poconos in eastern Pennsylvania.

After his parents died when he was 16 and still in high school, Warren Semmel dropped out of school and took a job with Swift and Co. About a year later, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, like many other boys his age. Through the war, he was a cook, also serving with his unit in France, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Sicily, Tunisia and Algeria.

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