Newsgroups: alt.revisionism,soc.history Subject: Holocaust Almanac: The Treasury is Empty Followup-To: alt.revisionism X-Remember: http://www.nizkor.org/ Archive/File: people/g/goering.hermann/goering.001 Last-Modified: 1996/02/22 "It was true, Goering told the economics and production ministers, that as a consequence of the armaments buildup and the decline in international trade associated with the Austrian and Czech crisis the treasury was empty. Foreign credits were greatly overdrawn. German industrial capacity was booked with orders for years ahead. But all this, he declared, would be 'overcome with utmost energy and ruthlessness.' Exports were to be increased. The construction of railroads, highways, and canals was to be accelerated. Armaments production was to be multiplied 'to an extraordinary extent, the air force having the first priority. Within the briefest time the air force is to increase fivefold, the navy shall be armed more rapidly, and the army should procure large amounts of offensive weapons at a faster rate, particularly heavy artillery pieces and heavy tanks.' "If necessary, Goering announced, he would 'make barbaric use of the plenipotentiary powers given me by the Fu"hrer.' Plants producing for domestic consumption were to be converted to the manufacture of armaments and export goods. 'A retraining of hundreds of thousands of people will have to take place. Much more work will have to be performed by women than until now. Work periods of eight hours do not exist anymore. Wherever necessary, overtime is to be performed, double and triple shifts are a matter of course. When the workers will protest, as in Austria, [I] will proceed with forced labor, and create camps for forced labor. It is a fact that one generation has driven the cart into the mud as a result of the mutiny of the workers, and because it was guilty of not having shot these workers on the spot. Therefore, we have to put the thing in order again.' (NCA, 1301 PS, Goering Conference of October 14, 1938)" (Conot, 163-164) Work Cited Conot, Robert E. Justice at Nuremberg. New York: Harper & Row, 1983 Abbreviations: NCA. Nazi Conspiracy and Aggession, the 10-volume compendium of the prosecution's agruments.
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