Cornell University Law Library

Donovan Nuremberg Trials Collection

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

More information

Volume 003
Subdivision "Subdivision 7 / Nazi Party"
Part 1
Section 7.09
Title In The International Military Tribunal Trial Brief/ Criminality of Das Korps Der Politischen Leiter Der Nationalsozialistischen Deutschen Arbeiterpartei (Leadership Corps of the Nazi Party)
Pages 91
Pages Supplemental This document is constituted as follows: Cover (lp., unnumbered); Index (3pp., i-iii); Document list (7pp., iv-x); List of Documents by Individual Defendants Involved (lp., xi); Section of Indictment (lp., xii); Legal References (2pp., xiii-xiv); Opening Statement (lp., 1); Statement of Evidence (75pp. 2-76).
Date 1945-11-10
Language English
Author Thomas F. Lambert, Jr., Lt. (jg), USNR
Witness Not applicable
Other Names Robert H. Jackson; George E. Seay; Hitler; Bormann; Rosenberg; Lammers; Keitel; Blomber; Goering; Himmler; Hess; Rohm; Amann; Heydrich; Sauckel; Ley; Lutze; Guertner; Hans Frank; Bierkamp; Florian; Franz Xaver Schwarz; Willy Mueller; Bishop Sproll; Bishop Groeber; Koch; Phillipp Bouhler; Walter Darre; Otto Dietrich; Franz von Epp; Karl Fichler; Wilhelm Frick; Goebbels; Konstantin Hierl; Baldur von Schirach; Lohse; Axmann; Quisling; Ribbentrop; Dr. Brandt; Wagner; Kaul; Kerrl; Rabenau; Forster; Schuhmann
Other Dates 24 February 1920; 30 January 1933; 13 March 1933; 23 March 1933; 7 April 1933; 21 April 1933; 2 May 1933; 3 May 1933; 10 May 1933; 11 May 1933; 16 May 1933; 19 May 1933; 7 June 1933; 24 June 1933; 27 June 1933; 14 July 1933; 20 July 1933; 27 June 1933; 29 September 1933; 13 October 1933; 1 December 1933; 20 January 1934; 30 June 1934; 2 July 1934; 12 July 1934; 1 August 1934; 19 August 1934; 25 October 1934; 20 December 1934; 30 January 1935; 16 March 1935; 26 March 1935; 26 June 1935; 8 July 1935; 17 July 1935; 15 September 1935; 14 November 1935; 31 December 1935; 23 April 1936; 13 September 1936; 14 September 1936; 1 December 1936; 13 December 1936; 30 January 1937; 20 January 1938; 21 January 1938; 4 February 1938; 17 June 1938; 23 July 1938; 24 July 1938; 17 August 1938; 5 October 1938; 22 October 1938; 12 November 1938; 28 November 1938; 1 January 1939; 24 January 1939; 17 April 1939; 30 April 1939; 10 May 1939; 14 July 1939; 23 July 1939; 1 September 1939; 15 September 1939; 17 January 1940; 29 January 1940; 18 January 1940; 21 February 1940; 22 February 1940; 8 March 1940; 5 April 1940; 9 April 1940; 30 April 1940; June 5,1940; 15 June 1940; 17 June 1940; 18 June 1940; 5 July 1940; 27 August 1940; 17 September 1940; 23 September 1940; 27 September 1940; 31 October 1940; 5 November 1940; 21 November 1940; 28 January 1941; 10 April 1941; 19 April 1941; 25 April 1941; 1 May 1941; 29 May 1941; 20 June 1941; 16 July 1941; 30 July 1941; 20 August 1941; 1 September 1941; 22nd and 23rd of September 1941; 26 September 1941; 12 December 1941; 14 December 1941; 16 January 1942; February 1942; 1 March 1942; 30 March 1942; 21 April 1942; 26 April 1942; 30 April 1942; 30 May 1942; 18 June 1942; 5 July 1942; 15 July 1942; 23 July 1942; 4 August 1942; 7 August 1942; 17 August 1942; 18 August 1942; 19 August 1942; 20 August 1942; 18 September 1942; 5 November 1942; 10 March 1943; 1 April 1943; 15 April 1943; 23 June 1943; 1 July 1943; 7 November 1943; 18 April 1944; 30 May 1944; 17 October 1944; 3 April 1945
Abstract This trial brief argues that the Leadership Corps of the Nazi Party, of which it provides a descriptive anatomy, was a criminal organization engaged in a conspiracy to destroy the democratic-parliamentary system and, through illegal expedients and terrorism, to seize totalitarian control in Germany. The brief charges that the Nazi Party conspiracy planned for and in may cases implemented the following measures: unilaterally to abrogate the peace treaties of Versailles and St. Germain; to incorporate all Germans into a Greater German Riech; to expand Germany's borders and acquire colonial territories; to exclude Jews and other persons not of "German blood" from the political status, and civil and legal privileges, of German citizenship; to provide men and material for Germany's military rearmament; and to institute the other principles of the Party Platform as Hitler first proclaimed it on 24 February 1920. In support of its assertions, this brief (in conjunction with the Master Trial Brief) marshals evidence to demonstrate that the Leadership Corps of the Nazi Party planned and practiced various illegal measures to consolidate totalitarian power within Germany, and thereafter to unify the Nazi Party and the German State in all aspects of political authority by purging the government of non-Party members and appointing Nazis to fill their respective places, as well as "combining ministerial and Party offices in the same Politischer Leiter" (p.74). On the basis of this evidence, which in the instant brief relates to the subversion (and intended eventual destruction) of the Christian Churches and the persecution of the clergy within Germany, the destruction of independent German labor unions, and the plundering and looting of public and private property within the areas of German occupation, the brief asserts that the Leadership Corps of the Nazi Party is guilty of Conspiracy in the pursuit of all the aforementioned crimes, as well as War Crimes, Crimes against Peace, and Crimes against Humanity [as the latter are defined by the Charter of the International Military Tribunal, Article 6, subheadings (a), (b), and (c)], and bears significant responsibility for "a large body of anti-Semitic and discriminatory laws" (p. 1). This document is a typewritten copy of uneven quality made on varying grades of legal-sized paper. The original of this copy was apparently composed on several different typewriters.
Keywords Nazi Party; Leadership Corps; NSDAP; SS; SA; Gestapo; Reichsleiter (Reich Leader); Gauleiter (District Leader); Kreisleiter (County Leader); Ortsgruppenleiter (Local Chapter Leader); Zellenleiter (Cell Leader); Blockleiter (Block Leader); "Hoheitstrager" ("Bearers of Sovereignty"); Politischer Leiter; Reich Directorate; Per Hoheitstrager; Hilter Youth (HJ); Conspiracy; Greater German Reich; "Leadership Principle"; Anti-Semitism; Homestead Law; Law for the Protection of German Blood and Honor; "Jewish Star"; Christian Churches; Nazi Catechism; Nazi Religion; Trade Unions; Plundering and Looting of Public and Private Property; "Einsatzstab Rosenberg"; Civil Service; Citizenship Law; Party and State; Jews; Foreign workers; "Strength Through Joy"; "Plant Troops"; "Factory Troops"; "ideological shock squad"; Confiscation; Seizure; Suppression; Regulation; Exclusion; Protection; Persecution; Deportation; Enslavement; Extermination; Execution; Murder; Crimes Against Peace; War Crimes; Crimes Against Humanity