Nuremberg, Germany: International Military Tribunal, 1945-10-12
Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Law Library
Subdivision 8 / Hitler
Hitler; Frederic the Great
This document reads something like a pep talk, designed to inspire confidence, alacrity, and resolve. Hitler exhorts his generals to wage a quick and annihilating war against the Poles, to comport themselves with "Manly bearing," to "Have no pity. Brutal attitude," for the sake of giving 80 million Germans what is their right: living space in eastern Europe. The element of overriding importance is a warrior's psychology: "Mental factors are decisive." This document is a typewritten copy on fragile paper.