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Volume 003
Subdivision "Subdivision 7 / Nazi Party"
Part 2
Section 7.25
Title Nazi Plans for Dominating Germany and Europe: Domestic Crimes. Office of Strategic Services / Research and Analysis Branch / R & A 3114.2 / Draft for The War Crimes Staff.
Pages 86
Pages Supplemental With the following breakdown: Cover page (lp. unnumbered); "Introduction" (2pp. unnumbered); "Summary of R & A Study on Domestic Crimes Parts 1 and 2 as Prepared by a Member of the Prosecution Review Board" (pages 1-9); "Crimes Committed in Violation of Domestic German Law: I. Legal Basis of Criminality" (pages 10-31); "Domestic Crimes, Part Two: The Organization of Terrorism" (pages 32-68); "Appendices to R & A No. 3114.2" (pages 1-14 for 6 appendices).
Date 1945-08-13
Language English and German
Author The author's name is not given.
Witness Not applicable
Other Names Hitler; Goering; Goebbels; Himmler; Heinrich Lammers; Franz Gurtner; Franz Schlegelberger; George Thierack; Dr. Roland Freister; H. Klemm; E. Schafer; Dr. Vollmer; Frick; Dr. William Stuckart; Dr. Hans Pfimdesner; Dr. Werner Hoche; Admiral Bastian; General von Scheele; Colonel Kraell; General Barwinski; General Rischer; General Ernst; General Neumann; Admiral Harpst; General Hoffinann; General Schmautzer; Kahr; Rail; Willi Schmidt; Alfred Hugenberg; Werner Best; Marinus van der Lubbe; Dr. Robert Ley; Martin Niemoeller
Other Dates 9 June 1884; 30 September 1931; 4 February 1933; 17 February 1933; 22 February 1933; 23 February 1933; 24 February 1933; 28 February 1933; 1 March 1933; March 5, 1933; 21 March 1933; 24 March 1933; 31 March 1933; 4 April 1933; 21 April 1933; 29 April 1933; 6 May 1933; 9 May 1933; 12 May 1933; 26 May 1933; 21 June 1933; 25 June 1933; 28 June 1933; 29 June 1933; 1 July 1933; 3 July 1933; 4 July 1933; 6 July 1933; 7 July 1933; 14 July 1933; 5 August 1933; 1 October 1933; 13 October 1933; 1 December 1933; 8 December 1933; 16 February 1934; 24 April 1934; 1 and 2 July 1934; 3 July 1934; 17 August 1934; 20 December 1934; 15 September 1935; 10 February 1936; 23 April 1936; 1 December 1936; 30 January 1937; 24 November 1937; 26 March 1938; 30 April 1938; 22 June 1938; 17 August 1938; 30 January 1939; 1 September 1939; 4 September 1939; 5 September 1939; 9 September 1939; 17 October 1939; 1 November 1939; 25 November 1939; 5 December 1939; December 28,1939; 9 April 1940; 17 April 1940; 4 September 1941; 23 December 1941; 21 March 1942; 25 March 1942; 9 April 1942; 2 December 1942; 10 March 1943; July 1,1943; 28 March 1944; 9 April 1944; 5 May 1944; 21 June 1944; August 15,1944; 27 July 1944; 23 August 1944; 25 August 1944; 19 October 1944; 21 April 1945; 29 April 1945; 29 May 1945; 9 June 1945
Abstract This document is a two-part report that discusses, first, the legal responsibility of the Nazis for criminal activities (as these are defined by Domestic German law) and, second, the criminal activities themselves as Nazi Party members perpetrated them on various levels. Part I of the report is largely a ruminative discussion of the relative nature of legality and the principle of "selective retroactivity," by which certain laws and decrees of the Nazi Regime would be held as unconstitutional and retroactively invalid, thereby canceling the claim that the Nazi criminals were merely adhering to the legal standards of the deposed Reich. Other laws, particularly those governing non-political matters, would be deemed valid, provided they did not constitute a blatant outrage of values and beliefs commonly held by most human societies. On the basis of "selective retroactivity," the report concludes, the Nazi criminals can be successfully brought to book in a timely and effective fashion. Part II addresses the manner and methods by which the Nazis instituted and executed systemic political terror within Germany. Most of this material concerns itself with internal German affairs before the outbreak of the Second World War, and includes the separate yet related actions the Nazi Regime took against labor unions, political parties, religious organizations, the free press, and other persons and organizations opposed to its seizure and exercise of power. These methods included institutional persecution via the SA, SS, and Nazi judiciary, legislative measures designed to abolish competing organizations and enforce totalitarian control of the populace, and rogue or covert terrorism against individuals known or suspected to be opposed to the Nazi cause. This report has six appendices; of these, the first is a reprint of an article by Goering, in German, titled "Runderlass" and published in the Berlin edition of Volkischer Beobachter on 21 February 1933; the fourth is a partial list of organizations whose property was confiscated by the Nazis; and the fifth is a list of selected persons murdered by the Nazis between 1933 and 1944. This document is a typewritten copy on good paper. The text proper is printed on both sides of each page; the appendices are single-sided. The title page is marked "SECRET / Approved by the Prosecution Review Board" and identified as "Copy No. 13." Each page of the text and appendices is also marked "SECRET."
Keywords SA; SS: Stalhelm; Trade unions; Political parties; Political terror; Gestapo; Concentration camps; Death sentences; Jews; Weimar Constitution; "selective retroactivity"; Rohm murders; Nazi Amnesties; Nazi propaganda; Communists; Social Democratic Party; Center Party; German State Party; Barvanan People's Party; German Hanoverian Party; Christian Social People's Service; German People's Party; German Nationalist Party; Confiscation; Death penalty