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Military government weekly information bulletin
Number 62 (October 1946)

Press and radio comment,   pp. 18-31 PDF (7.5 MB)


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the press of the instructions handed him
by: Dietrich.... His position and official
duties were not sufficiently important....
to infer that he took part in originating or
formulating propaganda campaigns....
Conclusion: The   Tribunal finds that
Fritzsche is not guilty under this Indict-
ment, and directs that he shall be discharged
by the Marshal when the Tribunal presently
adjourns.
Artur Seyss-Inquart
Seyss-Inquart, an Austrian attorney, was
appointed 'State Councillor in Austria in
May 1937 as a result of German pressure.
He had been associated with the Austrian
Nazi Party since 1931, but'.had often zhad
difficulties with that party and :did not
actually join the Nazi Party until 13 March
1938.    Seyss-Inquart participated in the
last stages of the Nazi intrigue which pre-
ceded the German occupation of Austria,
and was made. Chancellor of Austria as a
result of German threat of invasion....
Seyss-Inquart's- title was changed to Reich
Governor of Austria on 15 March 1938, and
on the same day he was given the title of a
General in the SS. He, was made a Reich
Minister without Portfolio on 1. May 1939...
As Reich Governor of Austria, Seyss-
Inquart-instituted a program of confiscating
Jewish property.... Political opponents of
the Nazis were. sent to concentrationd-camps
by the Gestapo, mistreated and often killed.
In . September 1939.- Seyss-Inquart- was ap-
pointed .Chief of Civil Administration- of
South Poland. On. 12 October 1939 Seyss-
Inquart was made Deputy Governor General
of the General.,Goveirnment -of Poland under
Frank. On 18 May 1940 Seyss-Inquart was
appointed Reich Commissioner for occupied
Netherlands. In these positions he assumed
responsibility for governing. territory which
had been assumed by aggressive wars and
the administration of which was of vital
importance in the aggressive war being
waged by Germany.
As 'Deputy: Governor General of the
General; Government of. 'Poland,! 'Seyss,
Inquart was a support for the harsh- oc,
cupation policies which were put in effect.
..As, Reich Commissioner for Occupied
Netherlands, Seyss-Inquart was ruthless in
applying terrorism to suppress all opposi-
tion to the German, occupation, a program
which he described as '"annihilating" his
opponents... . Seyss-Inquart carried out the
economic administration of the Netherlands
without regard for rules of the Hague Con-
vention which he.described as obsolete....
During. the occupation over 500,000 people
were sent from the Netherlands to the Reich
as laborers and only a very small proportion
were actually; volunteers. One of Seyss-
Inquart's first steps..., was to put into
effect a series of- laws imposing economic
discriminations  against  the   Jews...?
finally.... the mass deportation of almost
120,000 'of Holland's   140,000  Jews  to
Auswitz' and the "final solution."...
Conclusion: The Tribunal finds that Seyss-
Inquart is guilty under Counts Two, Three
and Four (crimes against peace, war crimes,
crimes against humanity). Seyss-Inquart is
not guilty on Count One. (conspiracy).
Sentence: Death by hanging.
Martin Bormann
He joined- the National Socialist Party in
1925; was a member -of -the Staff. of the
Supreme Command of the SAW from"' -1928 to
1930, was' in charge of the 'Aid Fund of the
Party. and was, Reichsleiter from  1933- to
1945.' From 1933 to 1941 he was Chief of
Staff in the Office of the Fuehrer's Deputy
and, after the flight of Hess. to England,
became Head- of the Party Chancellery on
12 May -1941. On 12 April 1943 he became
Secretary to the Fuehrer. He was political
and. organizational head of the Volkssturm
and a General in the SS.
Bormann, in the beginning. a' minor Nazi,
steadily rose" to- a position of power and,
particularly in' the 'closing: daysg, of great
influence over. --lHfitler. Mffe was active in the
Party's rise to power and. even more so in
the- consolidation of that power. He devoted
much of his time. to the,. persecution of the
churches and of the Jews within Germany.
The evidence does not show, that Bormann
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