Goering’s Final Statement

President Lawrence called upon the defendants in order in which they were listed in the Indictment. Reich Marshal Hermann Goering, Hitler’s designated successor, spoke first. Near the end of his presentation, Goering absolved the German people of any guilt. “The German people placed their trust in the Fuehrer, and under his authoritarian government they had no influence on events.”

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.