Prosecutor Storey calls 1,500,000 Nazi office-holders guilty

December 17 1945
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NUREMBERG, Dec. 17, 1945 (UP) -- Assistant prosecutor Ralph G. Storey demanded today that the four-power tribunal declare probably 1,500,000 Nazis who held 700,000 offices to be automatic war criminals because they held such offices.

Storey, in a carefully documented presentation, attacked the foundations of nazism. He hammered hard at the fundamental inseparability of the Nazi Party and the German state in which by law the Nazi Party "is the bearer of the concept of the German state."

He then turned the leadership principle back on the Nazis, arguing that the same concept which made every German responsible to his superiors and supreme in authority over his subordinates also made every German official responsible for everything in his domain.

These same Nazis still are responsible, the Texas prosecutor argued, perhaps no longer to their Nazi superiors but certainly to the world.

Storey presented evidence that the leadership corps of the Nazi Party worked hand in hand with the German government, with the same persons holding high offices in both and governing all phases of German life with an iron hand.

Other evidence presented today showed that Nazi officials, headed by Heinrich Himmler and Martin Bormann, issued specific orders to Nazi officials and police against preventing the German people from lynching American and British airmen.

Himmler, acting as Nazi Party leader and police chief, issued such instructions in August, 1943, it was revealed. He stated that "it is not the task of police to interfere in clashes between Germans and the British and American terror fliers who have bailed out."

Hitler ordered Goering arrested and shot on April 22, 1945, but the fat Luftwaffe leader was rescued at the last minute by a band of his own paratroopers, the United Press learned today.

From the Nuremberg trial testimony and interrogation of the Nazi defendants, Allied investigators learned that pictures of Benito Mussolini hanging by his heels from the roof of a Milan gasoline station shook the Nazi fuehrer.

He apparently made up his mind then to commit suicide and have his body destroyed to avoid a similar fate.

Originally, Hitler planned to kill himself on April 22, 1945. He issued orders that Goering, then at Berchtesgaden, was to succeed him.

But on the appointed day, Hitler's confused mind led him to believe the battle of Berlin was swinging in Germany's favor, and he postponed his suicide.

Through some mix-up, however, Goering received the expected telegram that day authorizing him to assume command. Goering telegraphed Berlin for verification of Hitler's death and a definition of his own authority.

When Hitler learned of Goering's telegram, he flew into a rage, ordered the Luftwaffe chief arrested and executed immediately.

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