Archive/File: imt/nca/supp-b/nca-sb-02-streicher.04 Last-Modified: 1997/12/08 Nazi Conspiracy & Aggression, Supplement B Streicher Disowns the Fruits of His Policy Excerpt from Testimony of Julius Streicher, taken at Nurnberg, Germany, 6 November 1945, by Lt. Col. S.W. Brookhart, JAGD. Also present: Gladys Picklesimer, Court Reporter, Martha Gronefeld, Interpreter. [Page 1436] Q. Let's talk about the extermination policy. A. Well, all I can say on this question is that I was as surprised as most of the people. The first time I learned of it was by a Swiss paper. Q. How did it suit you? A. What could I say? I would not be able to kill anybody or have somebody killed. I wouldn't be able to take the leadership in such a question on account of my whole attitude. Q. You were one of the principle leaders in fomenting measures against the Jews. You must have been proud when they found a man strong enough and bloody enough to go in and wipe them off the earth. A. If I had been the leader of the State, I would surely not have thought of doing such a thing in the moment when it was certain that we could not win the war. Q. I am speaking of measures that were taken, starting with the Russian campaign. You remember the Einsatz groups. [The activities of one of the Einsatz groups are described in document L-180, vol. VII, p. 978.] A. I stayed on my farm, and there was no one who would ever have visited me. I didn't know anything about what the Party was doing or intended to do. [Page 1437] Q. You certainly remember the operations of the Einsatz groups on the Eastern front. A. I repeat under oath -- you can ask everybody -- there is no one who can say that I have spoken with anyone about these questions during the war. I read in the Swiss papers -- it must have been the end of 1944 or the beginning of 1945, and I couldn't believe it at the time -- that they talked about a camp which they found near Cracow where many people had been killed, and I couldn't believe it.
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