Denis Nowell Pritt

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Pritt, Denis Nowell


Born Sept. 22, 1887, in Harlesden, a London suburb; died May 23, 1972, in London. British lawyer and public figure.

Pritt was educated at the University of London and studied in Germany, Switzerland, and Spain. A lawyer at famous political trials, he was chairman of an international commission investigating the Reichstag fire in 1933 and of the British Society for Cultural Relations with the USSR from 1933 to 1969. From 1951 to 1959, Pritt was president of the British Peace Committee, a member of the World Peace Council, and president of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers. He held honorary doctorates from several foreign universities, including Moscow State University (1961).

Pritt was the author of a number of works of social criticism. One of his last works was the four-volume Law, Class, and Society, a study of the role of law and lawyers in the class struggle. He received the International Lenin Prize for Strengthening Peace Among Nations in 1954.


In Russian translation:
Shpiony i osvedomiteli na skam’e svidetelei. Moscow, 1960.
Ocherki vneshnei i vnutrennei politiki leiboristov v 1945–1951. Moscow, 1964.
Avtobiografiia. Moscow, 1968.
Pregradit’ dorogu neonatsizmu. Moscow, 1969.
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