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Affadavit: Ribbentrop (Prosecution)
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What was your position in the Nazi Party?
I was the Foreign Minister.
And what job does the Reich Foreign Minister have ?
He manages foreign affair with other countries.
Countries like USSR?
The other country is one that you signed a non aggression pact with, correct?
And you signed it?
And so I am assuming you were aware of the clause concerning the aggression plans for Poland?
Although we discussed Poland in our document, I never agreed to invade Poland. We simply decided to divide the region into spheres of influences, such as in terms of culture.
Was Poland a part of Russia or Germany at that time?
Poland was not part of Germany or Russia, but we believed it would be beneficial for the advancement of Polish society to teach them our principals.
Did the Polish society find it beneficial?
We were not aiming to replace their culture. We simply wanted to supplement it. Additional knowledge and social norms should not hurt a society or its peoples.
So the Polish willingly joined your sphere of influence?
You're asking me to speak a single opinion to represent a nation of thousands of men and women?
What was operation Barbarossa?
One of Adolf Hitler's plans to expand German territory into the USSR.
Wouldn't this be a Violation of the Non-aggression pact
Yes, sadly it would be, and that is why I urged Hitler so strongly against it. I discouraged Hitler from attacking, as can be seen in my memorandum, but, due to my weak influence in governmental affairs, my advice was not heeded.
Then why did you state "...I would be in favor of a German-Russian war..."?
I stated that I would hypothetically be in favor of a German-Russian war at a later time, but considering our peace treaty and the conditions that Germany would face if we went through with it now, I did not support going to war
Another non-aggression pact was signed by you on behalf of Germany was with Denmark, am I right?
Yes, on May 31, 1939.
What did it state?
It was a fairly lengthy document. I am sure that you can find a copy of the pact.
And what was your involvement with that?
On March 1st, Hitler issued a directive setting forth the general plan for the invasion of Norway and Denmark. The directive was initialed by Admiral Kurt Fricke, the head of the Operations Divisions of the Naval War Staff. The plan to invade Norway and Denmark
was not conceived by members of the National Socialist German Workers' Party, which includes me. It was actually created by the naval part of the General Staff and High Command Group. This group was able to persuade Hitler to take accept their idea.
Did you receive any notifications that informed you of the plans to invade Denmark
Perhaps. We received so many notifications each day, and with my illnesses...
Yet, there were plans to attack Denmark, as well as Norway, were there not?
The National Socialist German Workers' Party had a lot of plans. I do not keep track of every one of them, but yes, I believe there may have been some plans to attack Denmark and Norway.
Let me remind you. On the 3rd of April, 1940, you received a notification from Keitel that stated "The military occupation of Denmark and Norway has been, by command of the Fuehrer, long in preparation..." Does that sound familiar?
Yes and they attacked less than four days later on April 7th, 1940. Can a single man stop an attack fully prepared by the government in less than four days? Do you deem it reasonable to expect that out of a sick man like me?
In addition, on January of that year, the Rosenberg and you decided to fund the attack on Norway with an initial amount of 200,000 Goldmark. In addition, on the 24th of February,
Rosenburg sent you a message that asked for that funding and second installments. Am I correct?
Yes, he sent me a message.
Do you still keep your claim of not having involvement with this plan of aggression?
I keep my claim of not having played a fundamental role in the execution of this plan. I was sent messages of correspondence, but I was not involved to the extent that you seem to think I was.
At a meeting in August of 1939, you attended a meeting. Can you tell me what that meeting was about?
Hitler wanted to speak about dissolving pseudo-neutral relationships.
Was Yugoslavia mentioned?
We did speak a little bit about Yugoslavia.
Yet on the 25 of March, 1941, you sent a letter of assurance to the Prime Minister of
I am the Minister of Foreign Affairs. I send plenty of letters to people of authority and am surprised that you find this relevant, but, yes, I did.
And what did it say?
I reassured him that we would not direct a demand to Yugoslavia to permit the march or transportation of troops through the Yugoslav state or territory.
Two days before Germany went in and took it over?
Plans often change in war. Hitler decided that it would be necessary to end our neutral relationship. It is not illegal for a country to change its views over a period of time.
What were your relations with the plans to invade Czechoslovakia?
After Czechoslovakia began to persecute and terrorize German peoples near and in their territory, Hitler decided it was necessary to invade them. I was asked to speak with Italian Ambassador, Attolico, about the plans to attack.
How long ago were these plans discussed?
In a speech in January 1939, Hitler proclaimed that disciplinary action was to take place against Czechoslovakia
And the other two decrees you signed for Bohemia and Moravia, what did those state?
The effect of that decree was to place the Reich Protector in a position of supreme power over Bohemia and Moravia, subordinate only to the Fuehrer.
If you have signed a document, doesn't it mean that you accept the terms?
Of course, I am appalled that you find this relevant.
So if you accept the terms, and your signature is on it, does it not come under your responsibility as well as authority?
It comes under the responsibility of the entity that I represent.
Therefore, you laid down the foundation for the Reich Protectorate to do as he pleased.
What is your opinion on the lynching of pilots?
I cannot emphasize enough the importance of a fair trial, but sometimes, if a man is found committing cruel atrocities, such as killing innocent civilians, he may be removed from
society on the spot.
Under what circumstances do you find this appropriate?
If God delivers a murderer to your hands and there is absolutely no doubt that he is responsible for his alleged actions, then it is justifiable to punish him swiftly.
Were you aware of the Prisoner of War Treaty of July 27 1929?
Of course, and I am also aware that the treaty provides room for exception until a prisoner reaches a prison camp. Any lynching proceedings that took place were performed immediately and the prisoner was not taken to any such camp or told that he qualified to be a prisoner of war.
Do you recall a document called The Jewish Question As A Factor In German Foreign Policy in the year 1938"?
Yes, I wrote it with my very hands and expressed my views on the Jewish population.
Do you recall the telephone call from Berenger's office in Paris, yes or no?
Yes, as the head of Foreign Affairs, I made many phone calls
Did you do anything to act upon those views?
Yes, I contacted Britain and America through Wernher von Schmieden in order to create an alliance that would solve the Jewish problem and lead to religious freedom, despite the fact that many of my peer National Socialist German Workers' Party members didn't respect Jewish citizens.
Why was Czechoslovakia treating German people harshly?
I do not know why. I do know, however, that they were involved in the
assassination of a German ambassador at Prague and am thoroughly disappointed with their provocations of war.
What was your involvement with the Sudeten-German movement?
I simply reinforced certain opinions amongst the peoples of the region. I would not personally call it a movement, however.
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