I do not think I could have arrived at my final choice
unless I had continually kept before my eyes the vision of
an endless line of children’s coffins
with weeping mothers behind them,
both English and German,
and another line of coffins of mothers
with mourning children.”
Rudolf Hess (June 10, 1941)
(Some of the coffins Hess was referring to are these: “…the British blockade of Germany for months after November, 1918, (the end of the war) as a result of which over 800,000 German women, children and old people were starved to death and millions were emaciated and stunted. From THE GENESIS OF THE WORLD WAR; IN QUEST OF TRUTH AND JUSTICE) -H
“I do not propose to argue about charges
that are concerned with the internal affairs of Germany,
with which foreigners have no right to interfere.
I make no complaints about statements,
the aim of which is to discredit and dishonor myself and the entire German people.
I regard such statements coming from enemies as confirmations of our honor.
It has been my privilege to serve for many years under the greatest son
to whom my people have given birth in its thousand years of history.
Even if it were possible for me to do so,
I would never wish to wipe this period of service out of my life.
It fills me with happiness to know that I did my duty toward my people.
I regret nothing.
Whatever men may do to me,
the day will come when I will stand before the judgment seat of the Eternal:
to Him I will give an account of my actions,
and I know that He will pronounce me innocent.”
Last statement by Rudolf Hess to the International Military Tribunal in Nüremberg (August 31, 1946)
*****************************************************************MY EXPLOITED FATHER-IN-LAW by Curtis Dall
Excerpt from chapter 20…
The Governor opened, as a Naval Gunnery Officer should, with a direct salvo!
He said, “Dall, I told your former father-in-law, FDR. when I was his naval attaché in Istanbul, how we could greatly shorten World War II (almost two years). He wouldn’t listen to me, or shall I say, he wasn’t allowed to listen to me! Can you believe it?”
I blinked; then replied, “How was that, Governor?”
“Well”, he said, “did you happen to read what I told Fowler, of Human Events in Washington, and what he wrote about this matter?”
I replied, “I have not read it, but I did hear something about it from a friend.”
The Governor then proceeded to unfold an amazing story. The food placed before me on the table went practically unnoticed.
He arrived in Istanbul, Turkey, in the spring of 1943.
Apparently, the Governor had become involved in a rhubarb with some important Nazis sometime
previously, in a wellknown restaurant in Bulgaria. The Nazis had requested the orchestra in the restaurant to play “Deutschland Über Alles”, which it did. George Earle then countered that musical number by sending a crisp U. S. bill to the orchestra leader, asking him to play “Tipperary”, which he did. In the ensuing melee, Commander Earle allegedly made
a direct diplomatic hit with a bottle upon a certain Nazi noggin. That event created considerable international publicity and much satisfaction in Washington political circles close to the White House. As a result of that incident, some remarkable repercussions later developed in powerful Anti-Nazi circles. Istanbul was the scene of that action!
The Governor told me that one morning there was a knock on his hotel room door. He opened it and there stood a broadshouldered, medium-sized man in civilian clothes, who requested an informal conference. He presented himself as Admiral Wilhelm Canaris, head of the German Secret Service. The gist of his conversation was there were many sensible German people who loved their Fatherland and who greatly disliked Adolph Hitler, feeling that Hitler was leading their nation down a destructive path.
Admiral Canaris, continued, saying that the “unconditional surrender” policy recently announced by Roosevelt and Churchill at Casablazica was something the German generals could never swallow. He said, however, that if President Roosevelt would merely indicate he would accept an honorable surrender from the German Army, tendered to the American Forces, such an event could be arranged; that the real enemy of western civilization (the Soviets) could then be stopped. The German Army, if so directed, would move to the Eastern Front to protect the West against the crunching drive of the Soviet Army coming from the East, powered, fed and armed by Roosevelt’s land-lease equipment. The Soviets aimed to establish themselves as the
supreme power in Europe and were obviously deceiving the American people, aided by their many high-level agents placed in the U. S.
The Governor remarked that at first he was staggered, but was extremely cautious in his reaction to the Admiral and to his startling proposal.
Then followed a meeting with the German Ambassador, Fritz von Papen, a devout Roman Catholic, and strongly anti-Hitler in his feelings.
A secret rendezvous was arranged late at night at a lonely site under some trees, five or six miles outside of Istanbul. There the Governor and the German Ambassador talked alone for several hours.
The Governor told me that he soon became convinced of the sincerity manifested by the anti-Nazi Germans. Becoming further informed concerning the hidden designs of the Soviet-led Russian Forces, he promptly dispatched a coded message to FDR in Washington, via the Diplomatic Pouch, reporting the whole matter. He then waited for the requested prompt reply. None came! Thirty days later, as agreed, Admiral Canaris phoned him and asked, “Have you any news?” The Governor replied, “I am waiting for news, but have none today.”
The Admiral said, “I am very sorry, indeed.” Then there was silence.
Shortly thereafter, the matter further developed.
The Governor said he became aware of some anti-Hitler remarks made in a private conversation in Istanbul by Baroness von Papen, wife of the German Ambassador. He then met Baron Kurt von Lersner, who headed the Orient Society, which was a German cultural organization there. The latter told Earle that he had read about him in the press, and was acquainted with some of his views on the Nazis and therefore felt that they shared certain things in common. A meeting of the two was shortly arranged, at the same isolated spot, late at night. It lasted for several hours.
There, the same question was again posed to Commander Earle by Baron von Lersner. It was—if the anti-Nazis forces in Germany delivered the German Army to the American forces, could they then count on Allied cooperation in keeping the Soviets out of Central Europe? Hence, if Roosevelt would merely agree to an “honorable surrender”, von Lersner stated, even if Hitler was not killed by his group, he would be handed over by them to the Americans. Furthermore, the Soviet Army could be held in check and contained in suitable areas.
Again, the Governor said, he dispatched an urgent coded message to the White House, pleading with President Franklin Roosevelt to explore what the anti-Nazis had to offer. Still no reply came back to him!
Then followed another meeting with von Lersner who came up with an added plan to surround Hitler’s remote Eastern Military Headquarters. Then move the German Army to the Eastern Front, until a cease-fire could be arranged.
Governor Earle said he then prepared and sent a most urgent message to PRESIDENT Roosevelt in Washington, not only via the Diplomatic Pouch, but through Army-Navy channels this time to make sure the important message got through to FDR. He said he felt that FDR and his top advisors were under the spell of Joe Stalin, or that he, Roosevelt, mistakenly felt that he could “charm” Stalin. Furthermore, the Governor observed, the White House was certainly no place to try and expose the truth about Soviet Russia!
At that startling statement made by the Governor, I blinked again and sat quietly.
He continued, saying he felt sure that strong White House “influence” had the President’s “ear”, willing to see all the German people wiped out, regardless of how many American soldiers’ lives would be sacrificed on the battlefield, on the sea, and in the air, to achieve that monstrous objective.
Plans had been established in Istanbul, he said that upon receipt of the hoped-for favorable reply from FDR to a form of honorable surrender, Governor Earle was to fly to an undisclosed spot in Germany, there to receive more details leading to surrender terms with Hitler’s enemies to be sent at once to the White House for further action. A plane near Istanbul awaited that next step, and it waited and waited!
The Governor said he was getting more and more discouraged and frustrated when no reply came, from Washington in response to his urgent messages.
Finally, in effect, a purported answer did come. It was that he should take up with the Field Commander in Europe any proposals for a negotiated peace. Could any procedure have been more impractical or tragic?
Shocked, I commented that it must have been for him a heartbreaking “brush-off!” I certainly felt it was!
I recalled, in a flash, that General Eisenhower’s devious decision for our American forces not to take Berlin, and not to take Prague, whose people were frantically pleading to surrender to the Americans, was mis-termed a “glaring blunder.” It is said that General Eisenhower himself made the decision to hold back, to await the arrival of Soviet Forces, and allow them to “go first”, thereby ensnaring for an enemy force a large segment of Western civilization.
The pattern outlined for much of General Eisenhower’s thinking at the time, if one can call it that, is readily discernible. Small wonder Joe Stalin so lavishly praised him, in due course! The enhancement of long-range World-Money-Power objectives, however, was not in the minds of countless fine Americans in uniform, who made the supreme sacrifice for their country. Far from it!
Now Western civilization must dearly pay, for decades to come, for that and other carefully planned “blunders.” They were not “blunders;” they merely reflected the long-range Plan of Baruchistan, fairly well-known to General Eisenhower. What chance had Commander Earle to get through to FDR?
I sat at the luncheon table, numbed, and also recalled that the start of the Normandy Invasion was then a whole year away from the events discussed.
Germans such as Hess, Canaris, Kurt Von Lersner and others tried for peace but didn’t understand the character and the depth of rot that had and still has control of the West. Hitler didn’t even at first understand it when three times he sought peace with Britain and Poland before the invasion. -H