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Schacht questioned by Jackson at Nuremberg Trial

Film | Accession Number: 2001.358.1 | RG Number: RG-60.2966 | Film ID: 2379

(Munich 138) War Crimes Trials, Nuremberg, Germany, May 2, 1946. LS, Chief US Prosecutor Robert H. Jackson at prosecution table before opening of court. Prisoners seated in dock in BG. Prisoners talk together and to their counselors. Pan, Jackson walks to lectern and begins his interrogations of Hjalmar Schacht (at 21:12:37). Defendant testifies that he told a woman that Germany had been taken over by a gang of criminals. When asked by Jackson to name the men that he referred to, Schacht only mentions men who are dead. Asked for the names of the "criminals," he testifies that he cannot answer fully because he didn't know who belonged to the group of conspirators around Hitler. He mentions Goering, Himmler, Bormann. Pressed, he admits that Ribentropp, Heydrich must have known, but he cannot prove it and thus does not want to give further names. MS, Julius Streicher and Walther Funk. Jackson asks him if he agrees to have been an internationally respected person and yet he still chose to appear in public with Streicher and Bormann after they had seized power. He denies that. Jackson shows him photographs where he has to identify himself sitting next to Hitler and other Nazi leaders. He admits identification of names as Jackson calls them out.

Event:  1946 May 02
Nuremberg, Germany
Accessed at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of National Archives & Records Administration
Record last modified: 2021-06-03 12:49:27
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