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   Nazi Conspiracy and Aggression, Volume Two, Chapter XIV

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(1) In a speech dated 6 April 1938, shortly after
Schuschnigg had been compelled to capitulate to the Nazi
conspirators' threat of force, Krupp stated:

     "At our family party, today as well, our first thought,
     our first glass, is raised in deep appreciation to our
     Fuehrer. We are still under the lasting impression of
     the mighty happenings of the last four weeks; so are
     those of us who until a short time ago were forced to
     wait impatiently for these developments outside our
     State frontiers. To the fulfillment of century-old
     dreams consciously arrived at, to the fulfillment of
     the life-long wish of Adolf Hitler -- thanks to his
     faith, thanks to his determination, thanks to his
     heart, to him, our Fuehrer, a threefold, deeply
                                        Sieg Heil." (D-391).

(2) In a speech dated 7 April 1938, Krupp, in urging all
Germans in the impending election of 10 April to approve
Hitler's invasion of Austria, stated:

     "Three more days separate us from the day of the
     Plebiscite to which our Fuehrer calls us, from the
     Plebiscite concerning Greater Germany, at the same time
     a Plebiscite in which the proof of faith in our Fuehrer
     concerns every individual's conscience.
     "Full with thanks for what Adolf Hitler has bestowed
     and secured for the German people in little more than
     five years' leadership through internal and external
     peace he is worth of the deepest felt 'Yes' from
     everyone of us!
     "To him, our Fuehrer and Chancellor a threefold
                                         Sieg Heil!" (D-387)
(3) In a speech delivered on 13 October 1938, on the
occasion of Hitler's visit to the Krupp works after the Nazi
occupation of the Sudetenland, Krupp said:

     "To be able to greet you at the Krupp Works, in our
     home, in the name of my wife and my own, as well as in
     the name of those close to me and also in that of the
     greater plant
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     family, so shortly after the world-shaking events of
     the last weeks, is a great honor and a heart-felt joy
     to me.
     "Perhaps no plant and no home can feel more deeply and
     more gratefully than ours the changes in the last
     decades; none can be more proudly conscious to be
     allowed to participate in the mighty tasks set by
     "Before us stands now the basic and undeniable world
     encircling success, in its total extent perhaps not
     fully grasped, which your faith and strong will, your
     nerves and your initiative have achieved.
     "May no German ever forget how deeply gratitude
     therefore put us under obligation, how proud we may be
     to be recognized once more in the world as a free,
     equal, great German People.
     "With the thanks of my family, of our plants, of our
     entire Ruhr District filled with the urge to work, I
     must express united gratitude, springing from a full
     warm heart, from the Sudeten District which is now a
     part of the German Reich."
     "Heil to Thee, my Fuehrer." (D-304)

(4) Shortly after the conspirators launched their aggression
-against Poland, Krupp stated to the workers in his plant:

     "The Fuehrer has made his decision, not lightheartedly
     but in the consciousness of responsibility to his
     people, to the entire future of the German Nation -- we
     have all heard that in his Reichstag speech last
     "A hard struggle, perhaps hardly appreciated to its
     fullest extent, lies before us. The entire German
     Nation must face this test of fire in unshakable unity,
     young or old, man or woman, everyone must and will do
     his duty at his post, do more than just what his duty
     demands and devote his entire strength to the task
     assigned to him. Therefore let us also, as Krupp
     Members remain determined. May God protect our Fuehrer
     and our people!" (D-363)

(5) In a speech dated 6 May 1941, commemorating the
successes of the Nazi
aggression in the West, Krupp stated:

     "The one who, like myself, had the chance to visit and
     thoroughly inspect during the last weeks the fields
     where our superb troops made the breakthrough in the
     West --
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     "who could hear on that occasion the roar of our
     Airforce against England --
     "who witnessed how our U-boats and speedboats
     distinguished themselves against the remains of
     England's sea-might --
     "such a person is bound to be thankfully proud to be
     able to contribute through his labours to assure to our
     fighters the weapons which they need for their battle -
     "such a person is and remains devotedly and
     respectfully conscious that the nicest machines, the
     most effective instruments mean little, no, nothing,
     without the complete unselfish and trusting share of
     the individual, whose trust is assured through his
     knowledge of, and his faith in, the genius of his
     Fuehrer, who embodies the worth of the German people,
     their honor and might. To him, our Fuehrer, we direct
     also in this hour in the Spring month of May our
     thoughts, renew our solemn oath, present our heartiest
     -wishes and give thanks to
                       "Adolf Hitler -- Sieg Heil !" (D-390)

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