This post is the sixth in a series featuring interviews from the Marlene J. Mayo Oral Histories. Currently, 29 of the oral history transcripts are available online. The remainder are available onsite in the Prange Collection. For other featured oral histories, see this page.
Julius (Jules) Bassin (1914 – 2009) was an American lawyer, a member of the Foreign Service, and a State Department representative. In 1945, he joined General Douglas MacArthur’s legal staff in Tokyo, negotiating the Treaty of Peace with Japan. He left the Army in 1946 to serve as Chief of the Law Division of GHQ/SCAP and remained in that position until the end of the Occupation. In 1952, he joined the State Department as Legal Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo.
Bassin was interviewed by Marlene Mayo, then Japan Historian at the University of Maryland, on October 2 and October 9, 1979. The interview transcripts are available here.
In 2015, N. Jay Bassin, son of Julius Bassin, donated additional materials related to his father’s life before, during, and immediately after his stay in Japan during the Occupation. Included in this acquisition are photograph albums and invitation cards that are available in the University of Maryland Libraries Digital Collections and home movies. For more information about the home movies, which are currently unprocessed, contact us.