Franklin H. Littell, who pioneered research studies on the Nazi Holocaust and on the history of Anabaptists, died at age 92 in his home in Merion Station, Pennsylvania, on May 23. His graduate seminar on the German church struggle and the Holocaust at Emory University in 1959 was said to be the first Holocaust course taught in America. His book The Crucifixion of the Jews influenced a generation of young theologians. He also taught at SMU’s Perkins School of Theology and Chicago Theological Seminary before becoming professor of world religions at Temple University in 1969. After retiring from Temple in 1986, he continued an active speaking and teaching career. Littell was appointed as a founding member of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council by President Carter in 1978. The author of two dozen books, who was often honored in Israel, was a visiting professor at Hebrew University in Jerusalem for 25 years.
A. M. Stroud III, a former prosecutor in Louisiana, expresses regret for the role he played in sending Glenn Ford to death row in 1984. “I was 33 years old. I was arrogant, judgmental, narcissistic and very full of myself. I was not as interested in justice as I was in winning.” Stroud says he presented dubious evidence from a forensic pathologist, precluded black jurors from the trial (Ford, since exonerated, is black), and ignored the fact that the appointed defense attorney had never before tried a criminal or capital case. “I . . . hope that providence will have more mercy for me than I showed Glenn Ford,” Stroud said in a letter to the editor of the Times of Shreveport. “But, I’m also sobered by the realization that I certainly am not deserving of it” (ABA Journal, March 25).