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Volume 002
Subdivision German Activities / Subdivision 6 / History Generally
Part Not applicable
Section 6.06 (von Rintelen interrogation 5744)
Title Report of Interrogation: No. 5744 of P/W: 3WG-1293 / Rank: Ambassador at large
Pages 3
Pages Supplemental None
Date 1945-09-06
Language English
Author Halle, Captain (interrogation officer)
Witness Emil von Rintelen
Other Names Petain; Hitler; Ribbentrop; Mussolini
Other Dates 7 May 1945; 22 June 1940; 1939
Abstract This document is a summary of an interrogation on the stated topic of "Plans for Peace after the Armistice with France." The typewritten original of this document appears in Volume XII, Part 1, section 24.06 of the Donovan Archive. The Contents page of Volume XII, Part 1 indicates that the unnamed witness is von Rintelen This interrogation report recapitulates the demise of a peace plan between Germany and France that would have ceded Germany control of northern and western France but would have otherwise provided such lenient conditions that peace would have been quickly and easily secured. Because of Hitler's indecision, the plan "never passed the preliminary stage [and] was the only official German policy formulated in that direction." Most of the interpretation focuses on the reasons for Hitler's indecision and his prospective plans for a "Great German State" in Europe, including his vision of the relative autonomy of other states and the colonial aspirations of Germany and her allies. This document is a typewritten carbon copy and is stamped "SECRET."
Keywords Vichy; Alsace; Lorraine; Peace plan; Armistice; Great German State; German-French relations