Affidavit re: Schacht presented at Nuremberg Trial
- Event Date
- 1946 January 11
- Accessed at US Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of National Archives & Records Administration
(Paris 489) War Crimes Trials, Nuremberg, Germany, January 11, 1946. Lt. Bryson, US prosecutor, presents charges against Hjalmar Schacht. Prosecutor (from behind) reads an affidavit of someone defending Schacht. During the speech are shots of Joachim von Ribbentrop whispering to Rudolf Hess in prisoners' box and MSs of Hans Frick, Julius Streicher, Walther Funk, Hjalmar Schacht, Constantin von Neurath, and Hans Frank. He quotes from a document saying that Schacht warned both British and Americans about the Nazis, and disapproved with basically everything the Nazis were doing. Prosecutor quotes: "Dr. Schacht always played both sides of the defense....If the Nazis are not stopped, they were going to ruin Germany and the rest of the world. He predicted that the Nazis would inevitably plunge Europe into war...." But Schacht also continued to lend his services to the Nazis on the basis of opportunity. He stated in 1935 that Germany would acquire new colonies, if necessary by force. Prosecutor brings up a document out of affidavit by S.R. Fuller Jr., together with transcript of a conversation between him and Schacht at the American Embassy in Berlin on September 23, 1935. He quotes a statement by Schacht about Germany's need for colonies. (View of the defendants, Schacht, etc.) He helped Hitler build up a Wehrmacht that would help Germany to reign more Lebensraum.
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