BALTIMORE, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- Martin Ernest Dannenberg, the U.S. sergeant who found a copy of the anti-Semitic Nuremberg Laws during World War II, died at age 94 at his home in Maryland.
Dannenberg died at his home in Guilford, The Baltimore Sun reported Friday. The report said he died Aug. 18.
Dannenberg was a special agent in charge of an Army counterintelligence team when he and another soldier discovered the documents in 1945. The anti-Semitic laws classified people with four German grandparents as pure-blooded Germans and deprived Jews of civil rights.
"Their importance was that this was the ticket, you might say, for the 'legal' persecution of the Jews … which led up to the concentration camps and the 'final solution,'" Dannenberg said in a 1999 interview.
Dannenberg experienced the horrors of the Nazi concentration camps first-hand. He described seeing the bodies of Jews stacked in piles at Germany's Dachau concentration camp, the report said.
Dannenberg was born Nov. 5, 1915, in Baltimore, and graduated from City College in 1931. He attended Johns Hopkins University and the University of Baltimore's law school.
He spent 55 years working for Sun Life Insurance Co. and was chairman of the board when he retired in 1987, the newspaper said.
Survivors include his wife of 20 years, the former Margery Singer; two sons; a stepdaughter; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He was married to Esther Salzman for 48 years; she died in 1989.