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Final statement Konstantin von Neurath

THE PRESIDENT: I call upon the Defendant Konstantin von Neurath.

KONSTANTIN VON NEURATH (Defendant): Firm in the conviction that truth and justice will prevail before this High Tribunal over all hatred, slander, and misrepresentation, I believe that I should add only this one thing to the words of my defense counsel: my life was consecrated to truth and honor, to the maintenance of peace and the reconciliation of nations, to humanity and justice. I stand with a clear conscience, not only before myself, but before history and the German people.
If, in spite of this, the Tribunal should find me guilty, I shall be able to bear even this and take it upon myself as a last sacrifice on behalf of my people, to serve whom was the substance and purpose of my life.

See also: Verdict Von Neurath


Konstantin Freiherr von Neurath wearing the uniform of Reichsprotektor of Bohemia and Moravia. Source: Bundesarchiv, N 1310 Bild-135 / CC-BY-SA 3.0.


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International Military Tribunal, Nuremberg 1947