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Nuremberg trial transcripts and documents from the Collection of General William J. Donovan

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Volume 002
Subdivision German Activities / Subdivision 6 / History Generally
Part Not applicable
Section 6.13 (Thomas narrative)
Title Thoughts and Events
Pages 32
Pages Supplemental None
Date 1945-07-20
Language English; this translation by Miss H. C. Knuth is dated 12 November 1945.
Author Georg R. Thomas
Witness Georg R. Thomas
Other Names Hitler; Hindenburg; Goering; Halder; Blomberg; Tschiang Kaicheck; Himmler; Keitel; Brauchitsch; Witzleben; Beck; Todt; Speer; Popitz; Dr. Goerdeler; Ambassador von Hassel; Schacht; Plank; Oster; Ribbentrop; Olbricht; Staufenberg; Kluge; Manstein; Eckert; Doehner; Huppenkothen; Dohnanyi; Stuelpnagel; Wagner; General Gerow
Other Dates January 30, 1933; March 1936; June 30, 1934; 27 November 1939; July 20, 1944; October 10, 1944; October 11, 1944; 16 October 1944; April 1940; April 9, 1945; April 17, 1945; April 24, 1945; May 5, 1945; May 7, 1945; May 10, 1945; May 13, 1945; June 10, 1945; June 13, 1945; June 16, 1945; June 23, 1945
Abstract Thomas's main themes in this narrative account are his opposition to the Nazi regime and its plans to plunge Germany into war; the early and ongoing sentiment within the German government that Hitler should be removed from power; and Thomas's arrest, imprisonment and interrogation, and eventual liberation. The narrative concludes with Thomas's reply to the oft-asked question, "'If you rejected Hitler so much, why then did you not leave Germany?'" Thomas's position throughout this text is that he was always a proud and loyal German who was doing his best to resist the Nazis from the inside, rather than fleeing Germany to save himself and his family from the hardships and hazards of living under the Third Reich. This document appears to be a typewritten original.
Keywords Bolshevism; Treaty of Versailles; Roehm purge; Blitzkrieg; Fritzsch Affair; Poland; England; Russia; Gestapo; Pope; Prinz-Albrecht Strasse; Flossenburg; Dachau; German resistance; Opposition to Hitler