Alan Jacobs


I’m really pleased that the new AppleTV series Masters of the Air features a portrayal of Robert “Rosie” Rosenthal, who ought to be, but is not, one of the most famous American military heroes. A bomber pilot of unmatched skill and unmatched courage, he received every imaginable medal from the United States, Great Britain, and France. After the war he resumed his career as a lawyer — as a member of the legal staff for the Nuremberg Trials, in which capacity he interrogated Hermann Göring. Later in life, responding to the rumor that he had fought so fiercely because he had relatives in Nazi concentration camps, he said, “That was a lot of hooey. I have no personal reasons. Everything I’ve done or hope to do is because I hate persecution. A human being has to look out for other human beings or there’s no civilization.”