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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 (L-79 + Indoctrination)
Title L-79 / Extracts from translation of Memorandum entitled:' Minutes of a conference on 23 May 39.
Pages 2
Pages Supplemental None
Date 1939-05-23
Language English; the translator's name is not given.
Author Schmundt
Witness Not applicable
Other Names Hitler; Schmundt; Goering; Raeder; Milch; Halder; Bodenschatz; Schniewindt; Jeschonnek; Warlimont; Engel; Albrecht; Below
Other Dates None
Abstract This document consists of a transcription of Hitler's statements made at the aforementioned conference. The nature of these statements indicates that Hitler is turning his and Germany's attention away from ideological problems to economic problems, specifically the perceived need of living space and the threat posed by Poland. Hitler identifies Poland as Germany's eternal enemy and a poor buffer against the Bolshevism of Soviet Russia. Taken together, these considerations lead Hitler to the conclusion that Germany must "attack Poland at the first suitable opportunity" (p.2). This document is a typewritten carbon copy of good quality on stable paper.
Keywords Poland; Russia; Bolshevism; Living space; Lebensraum