Archive/File: imt/nca/nca-02/nca-02-16-responsibility-13-04 Last-Modified: 1997/05/12 Nazi Conspiracy and Aggression, Volume Two, Chapter XIV [Page 785] D. KRUPP GOVERNED THE EXPORTS OF HIS FIRM IN THE LIGHT OF THE MILITARY REQUIREMENTS OF THE NAZI CONSPIRATORS AND THE ACCEPTED AND DISCHARGED IMPORTANT ADMINISTRATIVE RESPONSIBILITIES IN FURTHERANCE OF THE CONSPIRATORS' PROGRAM OF ECONOMIC MOBILIZATION FOR WAR. (1) In a "strictly confidential" memorandum dated 25 March 1941, the following was reported: "*** The liberation of the Reich from the shackles of Versailles enabled Krupp to recommence the export of armaments. The German Government had, in fact, pressed for the matter. Military-political and Military- economic reasons were the cause. Krupp desired to come into the closest contact with the armament exports, so as to further the development of arms ***" ******* "*** By using all the forces at his [Krupp's] disposal and regardless of effort, costs and risk, considerable export contracts were secured, which served to obtain foreign currency or raw materials, and were, at the same time, politically desirable. ***" (D-191) In a memorandum dated 23 June 1937, concerning a Bulgarian order for armour plating which was discussed with German Army representatives, Reiff, a Krupp official, wrote: "Major Olbrich showed himself aware quite evidently of the deeper reasons existing why Germany was anxious that this order should be booked. ***" (D-154) (2) At the request of the Inspector of War Production, Krupp me a Leader of War Production in 1937, and was charged with the responsibility of preparing and carrying out the mobilization of the armament industry and of directing it in time of war. (a) In a "strictly confidential" letter dated 21 January 1937, the Inspector of War Production wrote to Krupp: "The-Reich Minister for War and the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces has ordered that a Corps of Economic [Page 786] Leaders of War Production be recruited with immediate effect. "The Economic Leaders of War Production in collaboration with the Armed Forces, are to be responsible for the preparing and carrying out of the mobilization of the armament industry and for directing it in time of war." ******* "A selected small circle of these persons is to act in an advisory capacity to the Armed Forces in all important economic questions both during peace and war. "Subject to your approval, I intend to propose to the Reich Minister for War that you should be nominated as Economic Leader for War Production." (D-62) (b) In connection with his acceptance of the position of Leader of War Production, Krupp submitted a "secret" document entitled, "Declaration of Political Attitude," dated 6 February 1937, in which he stated: "I herewith declare that I stand by the National Socialist conception of the State without reserve and that I have not been active in any way against the interests of the people. ******* "I am aware that should I say or do anything which constitutes an attack against the National Socialist conception of the State, I must expect, in addition to legal proceedings, my dismissal from the post of Economic Leader of War Production." (D-63).
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