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“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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“… the economic boycott against Germany continued. [Ed. note:
because of the persecution of the Jews. knm] The party’s Bonzen
(big shots) and Ausland (foreign) organization kept on spending
money to import luxury goods and support Nazi activities in other
countries. When Schacht, who had never been a party member, was
unable to prevail against the Nazi nabobs, he complained to Hitler
that continuance of the pattern would lead to bankruptcy and the
inability to obtain strategic materials. Hitler thereupon, in early
1936, appointed Goering as comptroller of foreign exchange, on the
presumption that Goering had the clout to make the rules stick.

“Furthermore, the Fu”hrer a few days later named Goering as
commissioner of the first Four Year Plan, designed to achieve
autorchy[?]. Gasoline, rubber, and other products were to be produced
synthetically so as to make Germany independent of foreign sources.

[…]

“Predictably, Goering, rather than acting as a planner and
coordinator, set about to establish himself as economic czar.
Beneath him a new bureaucracy sprang up. The Hermann Goering Works,
embracing coal and iron mines, steel mills, and various other
enterprises, developed into Goering’s personal industrial empire.
Providing him with a new source of graft, it transformed him into
one of Germany’s richest men.

“In his drive to increase production, Goering ignored costs, and the
Germany [sic] economy began to stagger under his inefficiencies.
The iron he wrested from the low-grade ores of the Salzgitter mine
in Brunswick cost twice as much as imported iron. The manpower he
siphoned off from the now fully employed work force could have been
used far better to produce goods for export. Instead of
contributing to the solution of the trade problem, he intensified
it. ‘We have no butter, comrades,’ he flamboyantly told a mass
rally in Hamburg. ‘But I ask you — would you rather have butter or
guns? Shall we bring in lard or iron ore? I tell you, preparedness
makes us powerful. Butter only makes us fat!’ Slapping his paunch,
he drew a roar of laughter and support. (Mosley, Leonard. The Reich
Marshall. Garden City, New York: Doubleday, 1974, 204)

“Goering’s ‘guns or butter’ comment achieved worldwide renown, but
did not impress Schacht. Schacht considered Goering a cross between
an economic ignoramus and mad hatter. ‘I have never taken orders
from Goering and I never would,’ he declared during an
interrogation. ‘Goering didn’t like me, and I hated him.’

“In April 1937, Schacht told Goering that, unless various schemes
under the Four Year Plan were cut back and the pace of rearmament
curtailed, the economy would be out of control by the end of the
year. When, by August, he had had no satisfactory response, he
refused to associate himself further with what he perceived as a
portending economic crisis, and submitted his resignation to
Hitler. On August 11, Schacht met with Hitler and argued that it
was impossible to forge cannon out of air and paper money.

“Though Hitler refused to be dissuaded from his intent to continue
with the rapid buildup of the armed forces, he took up Schacht’s
argument and twisted it to his own purpose. On November 5, shortly
after Schacht’s decision to resign because irrevocable, Hitler
called Goering, Minister of War Werner von Blomberg, Foreign
Minister Constantin von Neurath, and the army and Navy chiefs,
General Werner von Fritsch and Admiral Erich Raeder to the Reich
Chancellery to explain to them his views on Germany’s economic
condition and foreign relations. The notes of the meeting were kept
by Hitler’s adjutant, Colonel Friedrich Hossbach. They composed,
Sidney Alderman told the court, ‘one of the most striking and
revealing of all the captured documents.’ (IMT, vol. 2, 262)

“Except for Goering, all the men present at what came to be known as
the Hossbach Meeting were from the Nationalist camp, and Hitler’s
primary intent was to wean them away from Schacht’s gradualist
conception of rearmament. But, carried away and ranging, as was his
wont, from the Creation to the Apocalypse, he conducted a
four-and-a-half-hour monologue during which he presented his
blueprint for aggression.” (Conot, 134-136)

Work Cited

Conot, Robert E. Justice at Nuremberg. New York: Harper & Row,
1983

Abbreviations:

IMT. International Military Tribunal, Trial of the Major War Criminals;
the published transcipts of the trial.


From the interrogation of Friedrich Jeckeln:

” I would like to state for the record that Goring shares in the guilt
for the liquidations of Jewish convoys that arrived from other
countries. In the first half of February 1942 I received a letter from
Heydrich. In this letter he wrote that Reich Marshall Goring had
gotten himself involved in the Jewish question, and that Jews were now
being shipped to the East for annihilation only with Gorings
approval.” (Fleming, 97)

Work Cited

Fleming, Gerald. Hitler and the Final Solution. Berkeley: University
of California Press. 1994