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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 16.18 (Westhoff interrogation, 5 Nov. 1945)
Title Brief of Interrogation of General Adolf Westhoff / Office of U.S. Chief of Counsel / APO 403, U.S. Army / Operations Section / Interrogation Division
Pages 3
Pages Supplemental None
Date 1945-11-05
Language English
Author Curtis L. Williams, Colonel, IGD
Witness Adolf Westhoff
Other Names Gravenitz; Keitel; Hitler; Reinecke; Goering; Himmler; Görlitz; Brueckner; Kraft; Berger
Other Dates March 1944
Abstract This document is a summary of an interrogation of the witness conducted on the noted date. The main subject is Westhoff's role in violations of the Geneva Convention regarding prisoners of war, specifically the case of 80 British flying officers who escaped from a POW camp, 50 of whom were executed on being recaptured (the others evidently having been killed in pursuit). Westhoff claims to have opposed these executions, as well as Keitel's general order that recaptured escapees be shot, and to have asked for the order to be put in writing (in which form the order referred only to turning over recaptured escapees to the SD). This document is a typewritten copy of excellent to adequate quality on slightly browning paper in good condition.
Keywords POW camps; Luftwaffe camps; Navy camps; OKW; KGW; Prisoners of war; Executions; Geneva Convention; Gestapo; SD