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Volume 002
Subdivision German Activities / Subdivision 6 / History Generally
Part Not applicable
Section 6.09 (von Rintelen interrogation, 6 Sept.'45)
Title Report of Interrogation: No. 5750 of P/W: 3WG-1293 / Rank: Ambassador at large / SECRET
Pages 2
Pages Supplemental None
Date 1945-09-06
Language English
Author Halle, Captain (interrogation officer)
Witness Emil von Rintelen
Other Names Hitler; Ribbentrop; Mussolini; Prince Regent Paul; Cvetkovich; Cincar Markovich; General Simovich; Crown Prince Peter
Other Dates 7 May 1945; 20 November 1940; 25 March 1941; 27 March 1941; December 1941
Abstract This document is an interrogation on the stated subject of "Entry of the Southeastern European Countries into the Three-Power Pact." The interrogation explains the expansion of the Three-Power Pact to include, first, Hungary and Rumania, and later Slovakia, Bulgaria, and Yugoslavia. Germany's intention was to invoke the Three-Power Pact in the event of war with the United States, thereby providing herself with instant allies throughout Europe. Conversely, Hungary was interested solely in the protection Germany could lend it against Russia, which Hungary regarded as a clear and present threat to its national security. Other countries signed the Pact in return for special concessions granted by Germany. The typewritten original of this document appears as section 14.09 in Volume VIII, Subdivision 14, Conduct of Warfare Generally. The Contents of Volume VIII identifies the witness of document 14.09 as von Rintelen. The present document is a typewritten carbon copy of excellent quality on thin paper in very good condition.
Keywords Three-Power Pact; Hungary; Rumania; Russia; England; United States; Yugoslavia; Bulgaria; Balkans