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THE PRESIDENT: Dr. Laternser, you have been over half a day
now. The Tribunal would like to know what it is further that
you have to refer to.

DR. LATERNSER: I am now near the end of my evidence on the
Commando order, and I shall then refer very briefly to the
deportation of workers - that will take two minutes - and to
shall need another twenty minutes altogether.

THE PRESIDENT: Dr. Laternser, the Tribunal has already - at
least I have already pointed out to you over and over again
that all you are doing in substance is to read out what is
already before us in writing, with certain references in
addition to the prosecution's evidence. In nearly every case
we have before us in writing exactly what you say about
these affidavits.

There is no use nodding your head at me. I have checked it
and that, in the opinion of the Tribunal, is quite
unnecessary. You can go on and you must refer us to the
affidavits which you say relate to these topics, which you
have properly announced as topics upon which you were going
to produce documents. That is to say, deportation, rules of
war and humanity, and you may refer to the numbers of the
affidavits which deal with that and refer us also to the
numbers, particularly of the documents which have been
translated, and then we shall know where to find the
documents which are important. Now, will you go on, please?

DR. LATERNSER: My last reference was to Affidavit 3174,
which states that for the 20th Mountain Army the Commando
Order was changed by General Boehme with the approval of the

Affidavit 625 proves that the Commando Order was not carried
out in the Italian naval theatre of operations.

For the Eastern theatre of war, Affidavits 608 and 616, as
well as 624, show that the order was not carried through.

THE PRESIDENT: In order to show that I was entirely accurate
in what I said to you, what we have before us is 608,
General Bilka, "Rejection of the order by all commands in
the East. No instance of shooting known." Go on.

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DR. LATERNSER: With respect to the participation or the
alleged participation of the military leaders in the
deportation of workers, I refer to Affidavits 2001 to 2019.
That is all with reference to this point.

THE PRESIDENT: Dr. Laternser, have any of them been

DR. LATERNSER: No. Mr. President, that is exactly the
misgiving I have. If the affidavits had been translated -

THE PRESIDENT: Dr. Laternser, 2001, the substance of the
affidavit is in the summary; the same applies to 2002, 2003,
2004, 2004a and right on down to 2019. The substance of the
affidavit is in the summary before us. It does not help us
in the least to have it repeated by you.

DR. LATERNSER: Regarding the attitude of the military
leaders toward the rules of war and towards human laws, I
refer to Affidavits 505 to 514. Furthermore, in this
connection I refer to the following documents in my document
book: 440-PS, Pages 105 and 106 of the document book; 2329-
PS, Pages 105 to 112; C-119, Pages 116 to 119, and the
announcements on Pages 120 to 141 which were valid in all
theatres of war.

Affidavit 531 is submitted to refute the accusation that the
German military leaders tried to bring about an incident
between Hungary and Russia by having German aeroplanes with
Soviet insignia attack Hungarian territory. The High
Tribunal will remember this assertion which is refuted in
Affidavit 531 by the intelligence officer serving with the
Commander-in-Chief of the Luftwaffe at that time.

To refute the assertion that military orders were issued for
the murder of enemy air crews who were shot down, I refer to
Affidavits 652 to 659. Affidavit 651 shows that the
Wehrmacht protected the airmen who were shot down -
protected them against the excited population. The fact that
lynching was condemned and rejected is evident from the
Affidavits 518, 519 and 520a. Two of these affidavits refer
to the Chiefs of the General Staff of the Air Force, General
Koller and General Kreipe. In particular, Affidavit 520a
shows that General Kreipe officially took measures to punish
civilians who used violence against aviators.

Number 521 is an affidavit deposed by Major-General Galland,
who testifies that German fighter squadrons never received
orders to carry on the fight against crew members who had
parachuted from their planes. Affidavit 522 -

THE PRESIDENT: Dr. Laternser, how do you think it helps the
Tribunal for you to have made the statement which you have
just made, when we have before us Affidavit 521, "General
Galland, 7746, no order was ever given for the combating of
shot-down air crews." Now, do you really think that you have
added anything to that?

DR. LATERNSER: Mr. President, I intended to go into more
detail on this point, but in consideration of the Tribunal's
wishes I curtailed my remarks. This is the only reason. I
shall conclude in a moment.

I refer now to Affidavits 522 and 523, which also show
rescue measures for enemy airmen.

In conclusion, I should like to refer to Affidavits 3103 and
3106. In both of them it is proved that the battleships
Scharnhorst and Gneisenau rescued the survivors of the
British auxiliary cruiser Rawalpindi, even though the
British auxiliary cruiser had sent out a radio call for help
and fast British naval forces could have arrived and been in
a position to cut off the German ships from their return
route to Heligoland Bay.

Affidavit 3106, deposed by Rear-Admiral Peters, describes
similar rescue measures of the battleships Scharnhorst and
Gneisenau in the spring of 1941 and also an incident in
1943, when a German U-boat was sent to Spitzbergen specially
for the purpose of rescuing persons shipwrecked in that

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That concludes the submission of my documentary evidence.

I should like to introduce the documents which have been
translated. Nos. 1 to 4, 933, 935, 939, 1501, 508a, 508b,
513 and 514b. And finally, I should like to refer to my
Document Mil. 1, dealing with the speech of General Beck, on
the occasion of the 235th anniversary of the foundation of
the Military Academy, because this speech shows the attitude
of the military leaders.


DR. BOEHM (for the SA): Mr. President, may it please the
Tribunal, I should like, first of all, to submit an index
showing that Document Books SA 1a, 1b, 2, 3, 4, and 5 are
being submitted. I shall do that as soon as the originals
are here; then the index includes the transcripts of the
Commission sessions, which refer to evidence on this subject
before the Commission, affidavits for the General SA, namely
twenty-one affidavits which have been translated, and an
additional 68 affidavits which were also deposed, and were
dealt with by the Commission, and 17,089 affidavits which
have been summarised. Then affidavits for the SA which refer
to members of the SA who came from the Stahlhelm and the
corresponding transcripts of the Commission's sessions. Also
documents dealing with the mounted SA units, namely 72
affidavits, of which Nos. 1, 13, 21, 24, 29, 30, 64, 68, 70,
72, and 75 have been translated. Then an index which lists
the individual affidavits deposed for the General SA, for
the Stahlhelm and for the mounted SA corps. I should like to
submit this index.

THE PRESIDENT: Have you submitted it?

DR. BOEHM: I shall submit this material, Mr. President, as
soon as I receive it, and I shall then call the attention of
the High Tribunal to it. It will not take more than a few

As the first part of my evidence I shall submit documents
showing the legal measures taken by the National Socialist
State to force the young generation to join the affiliated
organizations of the Party. Document General SA-144 shows
how members of the evangelical youth organisations were
individually forced into the Hitler Youth. A simple
calculation shows that when these young people reached the
age of eighteen they were taken over by the Party and by the
organisations affiliated with the Party, such as the SA.

In order to lay hold on youth, the Reich Government issued
at the same time a decree concerning the creation of student
associations in the universities of the Reich; on the basis
of this decree the student associations received certain
powers. That may be seen in Document SA-147. This document
refers to Bavaria, but it applied to the whole of Germany;
that is proved by Document SA-148, the so-called Prussian
Students' Rights Decree; the purpose of which was the
training of the students for their place in the national
community and their training for military fitness.

This decree was the basis for the directive concerning the
creation of an SA Department for Universities - Document SA-
156, This order, which in this form applied to all
universities in the Reich, compelled all students who were
physically fit to serve in the SA. It is important to note
that the students could not report to the University SA
Department, but had to report to the local SA companies
(Sturme). The SA University Department was later dissolved,
but since the students had to report to the local SA
companies they remained in the SA.

The obligation to serve in the SA was emphasized in every
newspaper, as is shown in Document 150. This is an excerpt
from the monthly periodical of the VC, the Catholic German
Youth associations.

These obligations however were not sufficient in the
National Socialist State, and in the year 1936 all students
in their first, second and third semesters were taken over
by the NS Students' League (NS Studentenbund), and as

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SA-151 shows, the National Socialist Students' League was
given the task of seeing to it that all students belonged in
addition to one of the affiliated organizations of the
Party; as a result of this, great numbers of German students
were again incorporated into the SA.

In Document SA-159 we see the results of non-compliance with
the directive of the SA University Department. It shows that
study without membership of the SA or a similar formation
was impossible.

Document SA-164 shows that the first step of legal coercion
was taken in Prussia. The document clearly shows that the
Prussian Ministry of Science, Art and Education ordered that
service in the SA and the Labour Service was a condition for
being admitted to the second teachers' examination.

Document SA-165 gives evidence that in the year 1035 the
official gazette of the Bavarian State Ministry of Education
and Culture stated, on Page 56, that one of the conditions
for study as a teacher was activity and service in an
organization such as the SA.

It is obvious that the legal coercion was most marked in its
effect on those who were economically weak. I want to prove
this by submitting Document SA-167, in which service in the
Labour Service and in the affiliated organizations is

Document SA-170 shows that not even schoolboys of the sixth
class and upward in the high schools were exempt from this
compulsion to be active in the NSDAP or its formations.

In the first part of my evidence I dealt with legal coercion
in high schools and universities. I now come to the second
part, the legal compulsion applied to recruits to the Civil

Document SA-162 shows that the law for the restoration of
the professional Civil Service had turned out to be a much-
feared discriminating law directed against the Civil

Document 173, a commentary dealing with German Civil Service
Law of 1937, says on Page 66:

  "Of the young German official it must be required, if his
  physical condition permits, that he be a member of the SA
  or the SS."

The development which was started by the law for the
restoration of the professional Civil Service ended with the
regulation concerning preliminary training for the career of
a German civil servant. In paragraph 2 of this directive -
Document SA-176 - it is stated:

  "Applicants must belong or have belonged to the Party or
  one of its formations."

In this connection I should like to refer to Document SA-
17S; and as an exception I should like to deal at greater
length with this document and quote from it:

  "Finally each applicant for an official position can be
  required to belong to the Party or one of its formations.
  For the official should not only belong to the SA or to
  the SS but should have been in the Hitler Youth as well,
  since, through the law of 1st December, 1936, the Fuehrer
  has set for all German youth the goal that, in addition
  to being trained in the home and at school, physical,
  spiritual and moral training in the spirit of National
  Socialism should be given in the Hitler Youth for service
  to the nation and to the national community."

I should like to quote another passage briefly:

  "Thus the material content of the decree had its origin
  in the various branches and was built up organically.
  This kind of refashioning of the law is in accord with
  the basic principles of the National Socialist State. Its
  method is not that of the constitutional State
  (Systemstaat), which first issued pleasant-sounding laws
  but was then unable to carry them out because the
  prerequisites were lacking, apart from the fact that the

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  agencies were too weak to carry them out; but the
  Government of the Third Reich first creates the actual
  conditions necessary for the carrying out of a
  governmental measure and then issues the corresponding

The period from 1933 to 1939 was an epoch in which one law
after the other appeared and one directive after the other
was issued. I have incorporated only a few of these
directives in my document book. Document SA-178 shows that
apprentices in the Prussian State administration could be
taken only from National Socialist formations such as the SA
and SS.

As early as the year 1934, as Document SA-183 shows, it was
a condition for being admitted to practical training in the
advanced construction service that the applicant was a
member of a formation such as the SA.

The same applied, as is shown in Document 165, in the case
of the Reich Railways.

One can say, to sum up, that the young generation, which was
not old enough to vote in 1933, was forced into the
formations of the NSDAP through laws and directives. It
cannot be regarded as an exception that the Reich Minister
of Transport says in a letter - Document SA-186:

  "A special case prompts me to point out once more to all
  civil servants entering training courses for higher
  posts, as well as assessors and construction assessors
  already belonging to the administration, that they should
  take an active part in the Party or in one of its

This is not an exception involving the Reich Minister of
Transport, but it is a typical case for all agencies of the
Reich, of the states, communities and other public

We will see later that also large parts of industry and
trade were affected by this so-called political co-
ordination of the younger generation.

Document SA-188 shows that the Reich Post Office, in all its
employment regulations, required membership of the Party or
its formations.

The same can be seen in the Reich regulations for legal
training, in SA Document 191.

Document SA-194 shows that the Reich Minister of justice was
not satisfied with a formal membership, but demanded active
participation in the Party or its formations, such as the

That the police also did not make any exception is shown in
SA Document 196. Membership of the NSDAP or one of its
formations was a condition for entry into the police

Document SA-197 is a collective order, and it concludes this
array of directives in 1944.

SA Documents 200, 201, 203, 208, and 213 show that service
in the SA was required of young personnel in the financial
administration. It is regrettable -

THE PRESIDENT: What is regrettable?

DR. BOEHM: I beg your pardon?

THE PRESIDENT: Finish your sentence.

DR. BOEHM: Yes, I shall submit all the documents, Mr.

THE PRESIDENT: We will adjourn now.

(The Tribunal adjourned until 22nd August at 1000 hours.)

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