On May 8, 1946, Dr. Otto Kranzbuehler, former Fleet Judge of the German Navy, called his client, Karl Doenitz, Commander of the Submarine Arm of the Navy and Commander-in-Chief of the Navy to the stand.Durng his testimony Doenitz said his mission was “to be prepared against all was emergencies”. U-boats was an aggressive weapon but that did not mean it was a weapon for an aggressive war.
This segment from Court TV’s documentary of the Nuremberg Trial also show the cross-exam of Doenitz by Sir David Maxwell-Fyfe of the British Delegation.Doenitz denied knowledge of the Extermination of the Jews and Conditions in the Concentration Camps.

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.