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Donovan Nuremberg Trials Collection

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 8.21 (manuscript)
Title I beg to add the following data to my 'Lebenslauf'
Pages 2
Pages Supplemental None
Date 1945-06-01
Language English
Author W. Warlimont
Witness Not applicable
Other Names Hitler; Jodl; Kluge
Other Dates July 20,1944; August 1,1944; September 6,1944
Abstract In this handwritten document, Warlimont recounts the substance of a conversation between himself and General Jodl on the subject of Hitler's suspicions that he, Warlimont, was involved "in the riot of July 20, 1944," that is, the attempt on Hitler's life made by Stauffenberg with a briefcase bomb. (See preceding documents also sectioned as 8.21). As Warlimont reports the matter, Jodl dissuaded Hitler from these suspicions on two occasions, after which the Fuehrer seems to have let the matter drop, at least as far as Warlimont was concerned. Warlimont retails this story in an attempt to show "which kind of relationship I had to the Fuehrer." This document is handwritten with a fountain pen on good paper. It bears the name "W. Warlimont - in the upper left corner of the first page and is signed by the author at the bottom of page 2. Because it is written on both sides of a single sheet of paper (which would tend to preclude the possibility of a carbon copy), there is good reason to believe that this document is unique.
Keywords Plot against Hitler; Assassination attempt of July 20, 1944; Hitler's suspicions; Reprisals