Posts Tagged ‘Nuremberg Trials’

Here I am, trapped behind these bars.  If there was any way to escape, I’d do it.  Many of my subordinates did get away, and are probably halfway to Argentina by now.  Hitler was right…those stupid Generals cost us the war and then a bunch of them got away.

My Luftwaffe did everything possible, but Speer’s directives made it impossible for me to put together the air power we needed!  Speer, Speer, SPEER!!!  Always the humble one, so sorry, SO contrite!!  The apple of the court’s eye…he’ll probably be sentenced to live in Carinhall…figures…

I wonder how dear Emmy is doing?

I wonder what’s happened with Carinhall?  Is it still standing?  Ah, those were the good times!  The music, the artwork, the statues, the fancy rugs, those fancy parties…I miss it!  All those Jews that made Carinhall possible…and the place in Berchtesgaden.  I wondered what happened to all of those Jews…I probably know, but then again, I don’t…

Hehehe…I convinced that jury that I wasn’t anti-semitic…well, I almost did.  That letter to Heydrich just before Wannsee was the dagger in my defense.  How was that not destroyed?!?

Why didn’t Bormann just leave me alone?!?  I wasn’t trying to take over.  I thought Hitler was incapacitated, and I was the next in command.  I had the letter from Hitler from way back…’41, maybe ’42.  It was in the safe!  Didn’t we all just want the fighting to end?

Couldn’t we have worked together for just once?!?  Negotiate the peace, then make for the Alps?  If Bormann hadn’t gotten all power-hungry and had me arrested…ME!!!…we probably would all be safely out of harm’s way.  I made Martin Bormann!!  He was a nobody…and he wasn’t captured, so he’s probably living it up south of the equator as well.

Well, they’re going to hang me tomorrow.  I should be shot…actually, they should be shot and I should living it up with Emmy and the little darling someplace not in Europe.  Hehehe…at least I’ll cheat the hangman with my bit of insurance.  Bit…more like a “bite” of insurance.

Oop…wave at the guard and give a half smile.  Yeah buddy, you think I’m gonna swing tomorrow.  You won’t be back for at least 10 minutes.

Well, I guess this worked for Hitler…and Frau Goebbels said she set it aside for the kids.  Just bite and wait, eh?  I suppose I’d rather the last sound I hear be glass breaking than my neck.  Goodbye world, goodbye Emmy, goodbye guard…a little wave even though you can’t see me…goodbye October 15, 1946…

I wonder who’ll get fired when they find me…ok, little pill, one chomp and I’ll be gone…forever…to nothing…here goes…yeow, glass hurts no matter how sma…



huh…I didn’t think I’d still be awake…this is weird.  Least it’s warm.  I wonder wher…what’s th…uh oh…

Recommended Reading:  Angels of Death: Goering’s Luftwaffe

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Often times, when thinking about Poland and World War II, we recall that the conflict started with Germany’s invasion of the country in September of 1939.  But we usually forget that, just a couple of weeks later, the Russians followed suit and invaded Poland from the east.

Following the Russian army into Poland was the Narodny Kommissariat Vnutrennykh Del, better known by its initials, the NKVD.  Charged with scrutinizing and maintaining loyalty to the Soviet government (as well as dealing with dissent), the NKVD had a frightening reputation.  They brought with them a list of Polish targets, numbering nearly 15,000 (mostly professionals and military leaders),  whom they proceeded to round up, put in three camps (Kozel’sk, Starobelsk, and Ostashkov), and interrogate for the next four or five months.

Approximately 450 were allowed to join the Polish army in the Soviet Union after being deemed compliant and “fit for re-education”.  But after the camps were emptied in March and April of 1940, none of the remaining 14,000+ prisoners was ever seen alive again.

Fast forward to 1943, and the German army (having invaded the Soviet Union) now controlled all of Poland.  They heard rumors of a massacre in the Katyn Forest and were led by locals to suspected areas.  When the ground thawed, the Germans began digging and found mass graves containing more than 4,200 bodies.  Back in 1940, the prisoners from Starobelsk and Ostashkov were moved further into Soviet territory and executed in Soviet prisons, but those from Kozel’sk were transported to the Katyn Forest about 300 at a time, executed, and buried in mass graves, which were discovered by the Germans.

It was on this day, April 13, 1943, that Germany first broadcast its find to the world, hoping to drive a wedge in the Allied coalition.  Their outrage was, of course, the height of German hypocrisy as, at this time, the implementation of Hitler’s Final Solution was in high gear.  The Russian response was to blame the German army for the deaths.

And the Russians continued to blame the Germans for Katyn up to the Nuremberg Trials, where the charges were dropped, obviously due to Allied embarrassment and the fact that the Soviets were one of the victors.  It wouldn’t be until documents were declassified in the 1990’s that the Soviets would take full responsibility.

Recommended Reading: The Abandonment of the Jews: America and the Holocaust, 1941-1945 – since I mentioned The Final Solution, I’ll note a book I read quite a few years ago and is in my library. A very good, and eye-opening, read.

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