Subject: Instructions Prepared by Colonel Amen for Use of Interrogators of War Criminals / Suggestions for Use of Interrogators of War Criminals / Short Form / Suggestions for Use of Interrogators of War Criminals / Long Form / Office of U.S. Chief of Counsel for Prosecution of Axis Criminality / 7 Rue de Presbourg, Paris / APO 887
This section comprises three documents: a cover memo by an unnamed author that explains the nature and respective uses of the interrogation forms; the Short Form; and the Long Form. Both of the latter are "interrogation suggestions ... prepared by Colonel Amen for the use of interrogators on the Continent" (cover memo, point 1). The cover instructions for each Form are identical and define the intention of the prospective interrogations: "to establish the responsibility of as many government or party officials as is possible regarding the particular unlawful activities, war crimes, or atrocities disclosed by the witness"; in this regard, "documents, orders and directives are of particular importance" (cover instructions, 2nd paragraph). The Forms proper do not consist of questions but rather of topics organized in the form of an outline. As one might expect, the Long Form is more detailed than the Short; it includes all of the topics of the Short Form, such as the prisoner's personal history, military and/or government career, membership in the Nazi Party and relationship to leading figures, etc., and in addition contains detailed breakdowns concerning the following: illegal activities of the German government or Nazi Party both within and without Germany; knowledge of orders, directives, witnesses, etc. concerning concentration camps; knowledge regarding illegal activities in the waging of war; and other matters. The Attachment is a list of 77 "Prison Camps, Prisoner of War Camps, Concentration Camps." These documents are typewritten copies on browning, fragile paper.