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Volume 008
Subdivision Subdivision 14 / Conduct of Warfare Generally
Part Not applicable
Section 14.09 (von Rintelen interrogation 5750)
Title Report of Interrogation: No. 5750 of P/W: 3 WG-1293 /Rank: Ambassador at large / SECRET
Pages 2
Pages Supplemental None
Date 1945-09-06
Language English
Author Halle, Captain (interrogation officer)
Witness Emil von Rintelen
Other Names Hitler; Ribbentrop; Mussolini; Prince Regent Paul; Cvetkovich; Cincar Markovich; General Simovich; Crown Prince Peter
Other Dates 7 May 1945; 20 November 1940; 25 March 1941; 27 March 1941; December 1941
Abstract This document is an interrogation on the stated subject of "Entry of the Southeastern European Countries into the Three-Power Pact." The interrogation explains the expansion of the Three-Power Pact to include, first, Hungary and Rumania, and later Slovakia, Bulgaria, and Yugoslavia. Germany's intention was to invoke the Three-Power Pact in the event of war with the United States, thereby providing herself with instant allies throughout Europe. Conversely, Hungary was interested solely in the protection Germany could lend it against Russia, which Hungary regarded as a clear and present threat to its national security. Other countries signed the Pact in return for special concessions granted by Germany. The Contents page of this volume identifies the witness as von Rintelen. A carbon copy of this document appears as section 6.09 in Volume II, German Activities, Subdivision 6, History Generally. The present document is a typewritten original of excellent quality, made on two different typewriters on standard paper in very good condition.
Keywords Three-Power Pact; Hungary; Rumania; Russia; England; United States; Yugoslavia; Bulgaria; Balkans