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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 009
Subdivision Subdivision 16 / Prisoners of War and Concentration Camps
Part Not applicable
Section 16.14 (Lahousen interrogation, 15 Sept. 1945)
Title Witness: Erwin Lahousen / Office of U.S. Chief of Counsel for the Prosecution of Axis Criminality / Document Room Interrogation Analysis
Pages 1
Pages Supplemental None
Date 1945-09-15
Language English
Author Colonel Amen
Witness Erwin Lahousen
Other Names Keitel; Jodl; Reinecke; Himmler; Canaris; Mueller
Other Dates 1 January 1945
Abstract This document is a summary of an interrogation of the witness conducted on the noted date. Lahousen recounted a meeting at which the status of Russian prisoners was defined as political, not military, because the war between Russia and Germany was conceived as a "war between two political conceptions." The orders to execute communists, Lahousen believes, were "issued before the war ever started." The document is a typewritten copy of adequate to good quality on browning paper.
Keywords Atrocities; Military personnel; Russian POWs; RSHA; Communists; "Special treatment"