Keitel and Ribbentrop testify at Nuremberg Trial
- Event Date
- 1946 April 03
- Accessed at US Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of National Archives & Records Administration
04:00:41 (Munich 84) War Crimes Trials, Nuremberg, Germany, April 3, 1946. MSs, Wilhelm Keitel is sworn in. MLS, visitors in the gallery: Gen. Geoffrey Keyes, former CG, 7th US Army; Gen. Leroy Watson, CG, Nuremberg area; and several Russian officers. Pan from court stenographers to Keitel testifying. Pan from Keitel to his attorney Dr. Otto Nelte at the stand. Nelte interrogates Keitel. The witness provides his family background, telling about his three sons who died serving the German Army.
04:04:46 (Munich 85) War Crimes Trials, Nuremberg, Germany, April 3, 1946. HAS, spectators rising and leaving the courtroom after a session. MPs grouped around defendants just before the end of the session. MLS, Under Secretary of War Kenneth C. Royall in attendance with a general and others. HAS, defense attorneys speaking in courtroom. HAS, Justices Biddle, Parker, de Vabre, and Falco on bench. Pan to Hermann Goering, Rudolf Hess, and others in prisoners' dock. Note: von Ribbentrop's testimony is heard off-screen, but there are no scenes of the defendant: Ribbentrop explains the situation in Greece and the Balkans. Hitler wanted to keep the Balkans out of the war, Greece had British guarantee, and he assured the Greek representative ("Gesandten") that Germany did not want to offend or aggravate the Greek people. Answering the question of an attorney, he explains that Hitler was worried about Russia's preparations against Germany and its military strength. He wasn't sure what to expect from Russia or what to find there if he were "forced to invade."
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