Mr. President, may it please the Tribunal: Hitler and the collapse of his system have brought a time of tremendous suffering upon the German people
Mr. President, may it please the Tribunal, it is my unshakable belief that later historians will arrive at a just and objective verdict concerning the higher military leaders and their assistants.....
Besides repeating the old accusations, the prosecutors have raised new ones of the strongest kind, thus they claim that we all attended secret conferences in order to plan a war of aggression.
Mr. President, in my final words I want to make one more contribution in my power toward clearing up the matters which have been treated here, by explaining the personal motives and considerations for my actions.
On 24 May I made a statement here for which I answer before God and my conscience and which I fully uphold, even today at the end of the Trial because it is in accordance with my honest innermost conviction.
This Trial, now that the evidence has been concluded, has had a beneficial result for the German nation; but an unexpected one for the Prosecution.
The Prosecution holds me responsible for the concentration camps, for the destruction of Jewish life, for Einsatzgruppen and other things.
Your Lordship, may it please the Tribunal, when I returned home in 1919, I found a people, torn by the political struggles of the parties, which was then attempting to find a new mode of existence after the downfall.
Gentlemen of the Tribunal: I have been shaken to the very depths of my soul by the atrocities revealed in this Trial.
Your Honors: Adolf Hitler, the chief defendant, left no final statement to the German people and the world.
May it please the Tribunal: The chief prosecutors in their final speeches have repeated several of the accusations against me, although in my opinioin they were clearly refuted by the evidence.
The prosecution, in its final speeches, has treated the defendants and their testimony as completely worthless.
My sense of justice was deeply wounded by the fact that the final speeches of the Prosecution completely by-passed the evidence resulting from this Trial.
This trial was to be conducted for the purpose of discovering the historical truth.
Your Honors. At the beginning of this Trial I was asked by the President whether I pleaded guilty in the sense of the Indictment. I answered that question in the negative.
KARL DÖNITZ: I should like to say three things. Firstly, you may judge the legality of German submarine warfare as your conscience dictates. I consider this form of warfare justified and have acted according to my conscience.
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 was permitted to work for many years of my life under the greatest son whom my people has brought forth in its thousand-year history........I do not regret anything.
In the days of my nation's greatest need I joined a political movement, the aim of which was the struggle for the freedom and honor of my fatherland and for a true social community of the people.
I have a clear conscience with respect to the Indictment. My entire life was spent in the service of my people and my fatherland.
I acknowledged on the witness stand my responsibility in connection with my official position and have explained the significance of this position in the presentation of evidence and in the final plea of my defence counsel.
Dr. NELTE (counsel Wilhelm Keitel):: Mr. President, I will begin the presentation of the case for Keitel by asking you to summon the defendant to the witness stand, and I shall question him.
Dr. NELTE: Yesterday we discussed last the meeting on April 21 of you, Hitler, and Adjutant Schmund.
Dr. NELTE: The last question I asked you yesterday concerned the channels through which orders were transmitted in matters concerning prisoners-of-war.
Gen. RUDENKO (chief prosecutor for the USSR): Defendant Keitel, I am asking you about the directive concerning the so-called communist insurrectionary movement in the occupied territories.
Sir David MAXWELL-FYFE (deputy chief prosecutor for the UK): I want to ask you some questions about the shooting of officers who escaped from the Sagan Camp. As I understand your evidence, very shortly after the escape you had this interview with Hitler at which certainly Himmler was present. That is right isn't it?
Speer joined the Nazi Party in 1932. In 1934 he was made Hitler’s architect and became a close personal confidant.
From 1935 to 1938 he was Chief of the National Defense Section in the High Command. After a year in command of troops, in August 1939 he returned to become Chief of the Operations Staff of the High Command of the Armed Forces.
He joined the Nazi Party in 1919, participated in the Munich Putsch of 9 November 1923 and tried to keep the illegal Nazi Party together while Hitler was in jail.
Seyss-Inquart, an Austrian attorney, was appointed State Councillor in Austria in May 1937 as a result of German pressure.
He joined he Nazi Party and the SA in 1925. In 1929, he became the leader of the Nationalsocialist Students Union.
In 1928 he became Chief of Naval Command and in 1935 Oberbefehlshaber der Kriegsmarine (OBM); in 1939 Hitler made him Grossadmiral.
He joined the Austrian Nazi Party and the SS in 1932. In 1935 he became leader of the SS in Austria.
He was appointed Chancellor of the Reich on June 1, 1932, and was succeeded by Von Schleicher on December, 2, 1932.
Sauckel joined the Nazi Party in 1923, and became Gauleiter of Thuringia in 1927.
Frank joined the Nazi Party in 1927.
He was best known as a radio commentator, discussing once a week the events of the day on his own program, "Hans Fritzsche Speaks".
The evidence shows that after Hitler, he was the most prominent man in the Nazi regime.
Schacht served as Commissioner of Currency and President of the Reichsbank from 1923 to 1930; was reappointed President of the bank on 17 March 1933; Minister of Economics in August 1934 and Plenipotentiary General for War Economy in May 1935.
He joined the Nazi Party in 1932.
One of the earliest members of the Nazi Party, joining in 1921, he took part in the Munich Putsch.
In 1935, Dönitz took command of the first U-Boat flotilla commissioned since 1918;
Von Neurath, a professional diplomat who served as German Ambassador to Great Britain from 1930 to 1932.
Bormann joined the Nationalsocialist Party in 1925, was a member of the Staff of the Supreme Command of the SA from 1928 to 1930, was in charge of the Aid Fund of the Party and was Reichsleiter from 1933 to 1945.
Hess joined the Nazi Party in 1929 and participated in the Munich Putsch on 9 November 1923.
Funk, who had previously been a financial journalist, joined the Nazi Party in 1931 and shortly thereafter became one of Hitler's personal economic advisers.
Recognized as the chief Nazi administrative specialist and bureaucrat, he was appointed Reichsminister of the Interior in Hitler's first cabinet.
He was Chief of Staff to the then Minister of War Von Blomberg from 1935 to 4 February 1938; on that day, Hitler took command of the Armed Forces, making Keitel Chief of the High Command of the Armed Forces.