The High Command

The last presentation of the American Prosecution on the accused organizations concerned the General High Staff and High Command of the German Armed Forces. This submission was made by Colonel Telford Taylor on Jan. 7-8, 1946. The presentation outlined that all of the accused criminal groups or organizations were related. The group wanted to “aggrandize Germany at the expense of neighboring countries and were prepared to do so by force or the the threat of force”.  This excerpt deals with the Hitler directive of how to deal with paratroopers and other prisoners of war.

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.