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Volume 002
Subdivision German Activities / Subdivision 6 / History Generally
Part Not applicable
Section 6.10 (von Rintelen interrogation, 6 Sept.'45)
Title Report of Interrogation: No. 5748 of P/W: 3WG-1293 / Rank: Ambassador at large
Pages 2
Pages Supplemental None
Date 1945-09-06
Language English
Author The name of the interrogation officer is not given.
Witness Emil von Rintelen
Other Names Hitler; Franco; Petain; Laval; Ribbentrop; Serra no Suner
Other Dates 7 May 1945; 23 October 1940; 24 October 1940
Abstract This document is a summary of an interrogation on the stated topic of "The Meetings at Montoire and Hendaye." According to this summary, Hitler's meetings with, respectively, Petain and Laval at Montoire, and Franco at Hendaye, centered on the issue of colonies: which of her colonies a defeated France would be allowed to retain, what colonies or territories Spain would be granted if Franco entered the war on the side of the Axis. Generally, each of the principal participants seems to have been evasive and non-committal, although Franco did agree in principle to enter the war on certain conditions and at such a time as he thought fit. Another copy of this document appears in Volume XII, Part 1, Subdivision 24 / France, as section 24.07. The Contents of Volume XII indicates that the unnamed witness is von Rintelen. The present document is a typewritten carbon copy of very good to excellent quality on thin, browning paper. The document is stamped "SECRET."
Keywords Three-Power Pact; Montoire; Hendaye; French collaboration; French African colonies; British African possessions; Spanish territorial ambitions; Spanish Civil War; Gibraltar; Morocco