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The Party Manual states, and I quote again from the middle
of Page 1 of Document 1893-PS:--

     "The Commandments of the National Socialists:--
     The Fuehrer is always right.
     The programme be your dogma; it demands your total
     devotion to the Movement. Right is what serves the
     Movement and thus Germany."

On Page 2 of the same document another brief quotation:

     "The Leadership Corps is responsible for the complete
     penetration of the German nation with the National
     Socialist spirit."

The oath of the Political Leaders  to Hitler has been
previously mentioned. In this connection the Party Manual
provides, and I quote from the second paragraph on Page 3 of
the same document:--

     "The Political Leader is inseparably tied to the
     ideology and the organisation of the N.S.D.A.P. His
     oath only ends with his death or with his expulsion
     from the National Socialist community."

While the "leadership principle" assured the binding nature
of Hitler's statements, programme and policies upon the
entire Party and the Leadership Corps thereof, the
leadership principle also established the full
responsibility of the individual Political Leader within the
province and jurisdiction of his office or position.

                                                   [Page 31]

The leadership principle applies not only to Hitler as the
supreme leader but also to the Political Leaders  under him,
and thus permeated the entire Leadership Corps. I quote from
the middle of Page 2 of Document 1893-PS:--

     "The basis of the Party organisation is the Fuehrer
     idea. All Political Leaders  stand as appointed by the
     Fuehrer and are responsible to him. They possess full
     authority toward the lower echelons."

The various Hoheitstraeger of the Leadership Corps were, in
their respective areas, themselves Fuehrer. I quote from the
third paragraph of Page 9 of this same document:--

     "Within their sector of sovereignty, the Hoheitstraeger
     have sovereign political rights.
     They are responsible for the entire political situation
     within their sector."

I again refer to and quote from Document 1814-PS, Exhibit
USA 328, which is the Party Book. It is just a one sentence
quotation, and it states:--

     "The Party is an Order of 'Fuehrer'."

The subjugation of the entire membership of the Leadership
Corps to the fiat of the leadership principle is clearly
shown in the following passage from the Party Manual; it is
this same document on Page 3:--

     "A solid anchorage for all the organisations within the
     party structure is provided, and a firm connection with
     the sovereign leaders of the N.S.D.A.P. is created in
     accordance with the leadership principle."

Next is the subject:--

     "The Nazi Party, directed by the Leadership Corps,
     dominated and controlled the German State and

The Trial Brief dealing with the criminality of the Reich
Cabinet sets forth the evidence as to the identity of
various ministers comprising the Cabinet, and I shall not
deal with that subject. The presence of the Reichsleiter and
other prominent members of the Leadership Corps in the
Cabinet facilitated the domination of the Cabinet by the
Nazi Party and the Leadership Corps.

I omit the next paragraph down to the law of  July, 1933.

A law of 14th July, 1933, outlawed and forbade the formation
of any political parties other than the Nazi Party and made
offenses against this a punishable crime, thereby
establishing the one-party state and rendering the
Leadership Corps immune from the opposition of organised
political groups. I now quote from Document 1388-PS, that
being the English translation of the Law against the
Formation of New Political Parties stated in 1933
Reichsgesetzblatt, Part I, Page 479, and I quote the first
two articles of this law, which read as follows:

     "The National Socialist German Workers' Party
     constitutes the only political party in Germany.
     Whoever undertakes to maintain the organisational
     structure of another political party or to form a new
     political party will be punished with penal servitude
     up to three years or with imprisonment of from six
     months to three years, if the deed is not subject to a
     greater penalty according to other regulations."
I will omit the next paragraph.

I now quote from Document 1398-PS, which is the English
translation of  Law to Supplement the Law for the
Restoration of the Professional Civil Service, dated 20th
July, 1933, 1933 Reichsgesetzblatt, Part I, Page 518.

                                                   [Page 32]

On 13th October, 1933: "A Law to Guarantee Public Peace" was
enacted which provided, inter alia, that the death penalty
or other severe punishment should be imposed upon any person
who "undertakes to kill a member of the S.A. or the S.S., a
trustee or agent of the N.S.D.A.P. out of political motives
or on account of their official activity."

THE PRESIDENT: Which article are you reading?

COLONEL STOREY: Yes, Sir; 1398-PS. I am in error, Sir, it is
1394-PS just previous.

THE PRESIDENT: Which article are you reading?

COLONEL STOREY: I am afraid I  have not the reference, but
here is the quotation, I think it is on that one page. A Law
to Guarantee Public Peace, and then it has to do . . . it is
Article 2, I believe, Paragraph 2, Article 1.

I next refer to Document 1395-PS, which is the English
translation of the Law on Security and the Unity of Party
and State of 1st. December, 1933, and it was enacted "to
secure the unity of Party and State." This law provided that
the Nazi Party was the pillar of the German State and was
linked to it indissolubly; it also made the Deputy of the
Fuehrer (then Hess) and the Chief of Staff of the S.A. (then
Roehm) members of the Reich Cabinet. I quote:--

     "After the victory of the National Socialist Revolution
     the National Socialistic German Workers' Party is the
     bearer of the concept of the German State and is
     inseparably the State. It will be a part of the public
     law. Its organisation will be determined by the
     The Deputy of the Fuehrer and the Chief of Staff of the
     S.A. will become members of the Reich Government in
     order to insure close co-operation of the offices of
     the Party and S.A. with the public authorities."

This law was a basic measure in enthroning the Leadership
Corps in a position of supreme political power in Germany,
for it laid down that the Party, directed by the Leadership
Corps, was the embodiment of the State and, in fact, was the
State. Moreover this law made both the Fuehrer's Deputy and
the Chief of Staff of the S.A., which was a Party formation
subject to the call of the Hoheitstraeger, cabinet members,
thus further solidifying the Leadership Corps' control of
the cabinet. The dominant position of the Leadership Corps
is further revealed by the provision that the
Reichchancellor would issue the carrying out regulations of
this law in his capacity as Fuehrer of the Nazi Party. The
fact that Hitler, as Fuehrer of the Leadership Corps, could
promulgate rules which would have statutory force and be
published in the Reichsgesetzblatt, the proper compilation
of State enactments, is but a further reflection of the
reality of the Party's domination of the German State.

I now refer to Document 2775-PS, which is Exhibit USA 330,
which is the English translation of certain extracts from
Hitler's speeches to the 1934 and 1935 Party Congress at
Nuremberg. I quote from the second extract in Document 2775-
PS, which is a declaration by Hitler to the 1935 Party
Congress and which reads -- just one sentence:--

     "It is not the State which gives orders to us, it we
     who give orders to the State."

Upon the evidence, that categorical statement of the Fuehrer
of the Leadership Corps, affirming the dominance of the
Party over the State, cannot be refuted.

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