The lengthy testimony of the Defendant Hermann Goering was among the highlights of the Trial. He was on the witness stand for ten court days, a longer time by far than any other witness. Goering first took the stand on March 13, 1946 with the direct examination being conducted by his counsel, Dr. Stahmer. Answers to questions were often long and discursive with Justice Lawrence allowing great leeway.
In this excerpt, Goering, in German, discusses his early relationship with Hitler, the November 9, 1923 Munich Putsch and the negotiations leading to the appointment Hitler as Chancellor in January 1933.
Produced by US Army Signal Corps 1945-1956, housed in National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). Digitized and provided by The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum; Steven Spielberg Film and Video Archive.