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

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Volume 004
Subdivision Subdivision 8 / Hitler
Part Not applicable
Section 8.06
Title Second Speech by The Fuhrer on 22 Aug. '39. / Translation of Document 1014-PS / Office of U.S. Chief of Counsel.
Pages 1
Pages Supplemental None
Date 1945-10-12
Language English
Author Hitler; the translator is Fred Niebergall, 2nd Lt. Inf., 0-133 55 67.
Witness Not applicable
Other Names Hitler; Frederic the Great
Other Dates 1918
Abstract This document reads something like a pep talk, designed to inspire confidence, alacrity, and resolve. Hitler exhorts his generals to wage a quick and annihilating war against the Poles, to comport themselves with "Manly bearing," to "Have no pity. Brutal attitude," for the sake of giving 80 million Germans what is their right: living space in eastern Europe. The element of overriding importance is a warrior's psychology: "Mental factors are decisive." This document is a typewritten copy on fragile paper.
Keywords Poland; Western powers; Blockade; New German frontier; Hitler speeches; Preparations to wage aggressive war