Justice Jackson Has Something to Admit

 

Justice Jackson, Nuremberg. Died in the arms of a hooker. Nobody else in the world had better access to German archives than him. Yet, no matter how hard he tried to find any evidence that the Germans were rubbing their hands to invade a country for territorial conquest, he could not find any.

MR. JUSTICE JACKSON. I really think that this trial, if it should get into an argument over the political and economic causes of this war, could do infinite harm, both in Europe, which I don’t know well, and in America, which I know fairly well. If we should have a prolonged controversy over whether Germany invaded Norway a few jumps ahead of a British invasion of Norway, or whether France in declaring war was the real aggressor, this trial can do infinite harm for those countries with the people of the United States. And the same is true of our Russian relationships. The Germans will certainly accuse all three of our European Allies of adopting policies which forced them to war. The reason I Say that is that captured documents which we have always made that claim-that Germany would be forced into war. They admit they were planning war, but the captured documents of the Foreign Office that I have examined all come down to the claim, “We have no way out; we must fight; we are encircled; we are being strangled to death.

[avalon.law.yale.edu] – International Conference on Military Trials : London, 1945 Minutes of Conference Session of July 19, 1945

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