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Volume 005
Subdivision Subdivision 10 / High Command and General Staff
Part 2
Section 10.08 (Thomas's statement)
Title My Part in the Fight Against Hitler
Pages 10
Pages Supplemental None
Date 1945-11-06
Language English
Author General [Georg] Thomas
Witness Georg R. Thomas
Other Names Dr. von Schlabrendorff; Hitler; Beck; Goerdeler; Oster; Canaris; Gisevius; Schacht; Helldorf; Popitz; Plank; von Hassel; Keitel; Haider; von Stulpnagel; Goering; Brauchitsch; Ludendorff; Witzleben; Sodenstern; von Rundstedt; von Bock; von Reichenau; Ribbentrop; Olbricht; Fromm; Leeb; Kluge; Mannstein; Rommel
Other Dates 1936; 1937; 1938; 27 November 1939; January/February 1940; April 1940; November 1940; 1941; 1942; 1943; 11 December 1943; 11 October 1944
Abstract This document is a year-by-year summary of General Georg Thomas's involvement in the opposition to Hitler and to Germany's waging aggressive war. Thomas depicts himself and the other members of the opposition group as being against war even before it began and as having advised Hitler and Keitel that a prolonged war would be economically unsupportable by and disastrous for Germany. Thomas emphasizes his efforts, first, to prevent the outbreak of war and then, after Hitler had started it, to end it as soon as possible; and second, to depose Hitler with the help of the leadership of the German Army. Unfortunately, all of Thomas's efforts failed. German Generals either would not stage a coup d'etat or felt that the time for such a measure had not yet come. Despite widespread opposition to Hitler and pessimism regarding the war, no actions of consequence were taken either to remove the former or stop the latter. A handwritten and signed cover letter by Dr. von SchlabrendorfF precedes General Thomas's statement in section 10.08. The cover letter, written on paper that is fragile and browning, introduces Thomas's text to General Donovan. Thomas's text is a typewritten original of very good to excellent quality on good quality, stable paper.
Keywords Opposition to war; Poland; Economic war potential; Economic Armaments Office; OKW; OKH; Opposition to Hitler; German General Staff