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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 2
Section 10.04 (Donovan memo to Jackson)
Title Memorandum for Justice Jackson
Pages 2
Pages Supplemental None
Date 1945-10-26
Language English
Author William J. Donovan, Major General, U.S.A.
Witness Not applicable
Other Names Justice Jackson; Robert H. Jackson; von Brauchitsch; von Manstein; Haider; Warlimont
Other Dates None
Abstract This document is a handwritten memorandum from General Donovan to Justice Jackson. The memo addresses Warlimont's request, made in section 10.03, that five German Generals be allowed to testify as witnesses on behalf of the German Army, and that Walther von Brauchitsch be permitted to deliver a prepared statement before the court [see section 10.03 (Warlimont petition), dated October 22,1945]. Donovan's memo essentially reports the gist of Warlimont's petition and reiterates a previous agreement that the German Generals would be allowed to present "a paper submitting their views at this time." The memo closes with Donovan's reporting that he has directed Warlimont's attention to "the allegations in Appendix B concerning the General Staff," insofar as each of the five generals is susceptible to prosecution on that basis. This document is a handwritten original that is nonetheless marked "Copy." The initials, "JES," in the left margin of the reverse, suggest that the text is not written in Donovan's hand but in that of his adjutant or secretary. The paper is browning but not especially fragile.
Keywords German Army; German generals; OCC; OSS; Prosecution strategy; Defense strategy