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         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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