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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 005
Subdivision "Subdivision 10 / High Command and General Staff"
Part 1
Section 10.02
Title Trial Brief re The General Staff and High Command of the German Armed Forces
Pages 22
Pages Supplemental With the following breakdown: Title/Index (lp., unnumbered); text of the brief, pages 1-16; Index to Part II A, Documents in English Translation (lp., unnumbered); "II Documents" (annotated list of documents entered as evidence; 4pp., numbered i-iv).
Date Not dated
Language English
Author The author's name is not given.
Witness Not applicable
Other Names Adolf Hitler; Wilhelm Keitel; Walter von Brauchitsch; Alfred Jodl; Erich Raeder; Karl Doenitz; Hermann Wilhelm Goering; Franz von Haider; Werner von Blomberg; Warlimont; Jeschonnek; Bodenschatz; Schniewindt; Milch
Other Dates 4 February 1938; 1 October 1938; 15 March 1939; 25 March 1939; 3 April 1939; 11 April 1939; 10 May 1939; 23 May 1939; 14 June 1939; 15 June 1939; 22 June 1939; 24 June 1939; 3 July 1939; 22 August 1939; 31 August 1939; 1 September 1939; 19 October 1939; 21 October 1939; 13 March 1941; 9 June 1941; 14 June 1941; 21 June 1941; 22 June 1941; 30 August 1945; 7 November 1945
Abstract This brief pertains to the prosecution's argument that the High Command of the German Armed Forces was a criminal group that planned and executed criminal activities, that is, the actions defined by the Charter of the International Military Tribunal as War Crimes, Crimes Against Peace, and Crimes Against Humanity. The brief identifies the respective Heads of the several braches of the German Armed Forces, specifically Goering, Raeder, Doenitz, Keitel and Jodl, and asserts that these men "constituted a functional group ... possessing, under Hitler, final authority and responsibility for the plans and operations of the German Armed Forces" (p. 16). In support of its argument against the aforementioned defendants, the brief provides a detailed summary, complete with supporting documentary evidence (original letters, decrees, and other official communications, as well as affidavits; see the annotated list that constitutes Part II), of the preparations made by the High Command of the German Armed Forces for the invasion of Poland. Part I of this document (the brief proper) is a typewritten copy on paper that is, for the most part, browning and fragile. The quality of the copy is uneven and many sentences are imperfectly legible. Part II (the document list) is a typewritten carbon copy in generally good condition.
Keywords Crimes Against Peace; War Crimes; Crimes Against Humanity; "Case White"; Poland; OKW (High Command of the Armed Forces); OKH (High Command of the Army); OKM (High Command of the Navy); OKL (High Command of the Air Force); Goering; Keitel; Jodl; Raeder; Doenitz