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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 10.03 (Warlimont thank-you letter to General Donovan)
Title Walter Warlimont / General der Artillerie / Nuremberg, November 19, 1945
Pages 2
Pages Supplemental None
Date 1945-11-19
Language English
Author Walter Warlimont
Witness Not applicable
Other Names William J. Donovan; Jodl; Hitler; Keitel
Other Dates None
Abstract This thank-you letter by General Warlimont of the German Army to General Donovan is not identified as an English translation of a German original, which it seems likely to be. In any case, the letter thanks General Donovan for permitting five German Generals to submit a written statement to the Nuremberg Tribunal—a statement presumably in extenuation of their respective and manifest complicity in the Nazi war effort. Warlimont's letter provides a glimpse of the distinction that he and the others are striving to make between the High Command of the OKW, "only the highest commanding officers who were the immediate collaborators of Hitler," and the "rank and file" officers, among whom Warlimont counts himself, who served in subordinate positions and "were merely executing orders which they received." This document is a typewritten carbon copy of good quality on stable paper and bears the handwritten signature of Walter Warlimont. (Note: Although this document is sectioned as "10.03 cont'd," it is the first document actually to appear in the tabbed section 10.03.
Keywords OKW; German Army; German High Command; German generals