Written by

Sue Casson & Tom Blackmore


David Maxwell Fyfe

Robert Blackmore


Sylvia Maxwell Fyfe

Lily Casson


Narrator: Sue Casson


Singer: Lily Casson


Played and sung by

Sue Casson


Violin : Mary Young

Cello : Fraser Bowles


Recorded and mixed at

Lana Banana Studios


Filmed by Robert Blackmore

and Lily Casson


Edited by Robert Blackmore


Directed by Tom Blackmore


A note on the finishing of the film


In March 2020 our over-running project hit the wall of lockdown.  


We had been on the road for just over a year and could see an end in sight. We would visit Strasbourg and cut that new footage into an otherwise edited film. It was to bring alive the settings of Sue Casson’s song cycle Dreams of Peace & Freedom, which tell the story of David Maxwell Fyfe’s year in Nuremberg and journey on to Strasbourg to protect Europe and secure the fundamental freedoms and human rights of every European citizen.


Then lockdown, eviction in hours from our hotel and the miraculous discovery of a cabin at the Forest’s Edge where we could see out the pandemic safely.


But the film was changed. As we walked through the forest each day Robert and Lily became very aware of the freedoms that had been snatched away overnight, and the speed at which doors can be closed on rights.


Of course, in the pandemic, the protection of life was paramount,

but their great-grandfather’s story was about how to protect living as well as life.


In the story that we tell, the Nazi regime in Germany, the leaders of which Maxwell Fyfe prosecuted at Nuremberg, crushed freedoms rights and humanity.


Governments, even in times of crisis, must respect rights and make sure that every move they make underpins freedoms, and ensure their instant return after crisis.


Soon, we hope, the crisis will pass.


Watch our film, now, as we continue the 75th anniversary journey

from Nuremburg to Strasbourg. 


Reflect on the rights and freedoms that we love, and be ready to celebrate and reclaim them as we emerge from the shadow of the pandemic.

Made with grateful thanks to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

for access to their archives and to all at the Churchill Archives Centre,

where David Maxwell Fyfe's personal papers now have a permanent home.