Nuremberg, Germany: International Military Tribunal, 1945-09-06
Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Law Library
Subdivision 28 / Russia
28.07 (von Rintelen interrogation 5746)
Emil von Rintelen (see Abstract)
Molotov; Ribbentrop; Hitler; King Boris
This document is a report of an interrogation conducted on the noted date. The witness, identified here as P/W 3WG-1293, is Emil von Rintelen, Ambassador at large. In this interrogation, von Rintelen discusses Molotov's visit to Germany, in November 1940, in terms of "New and important political developments, the most decisive of the entire war" (p.l). In speaking with Hitler and Ribbentrop, Molotov made it clear that Russia's aspirations in Europe included extending its sphere of influence westward, which Hitler could only have regarded as "incompatible with his plans" (p. 1). In this sense, the conference confirmed Hitler's assumption that war with the Soviet Union was inevitable. To confirm the identification of witness P/W 3WG-1293 as Emil von Rintelen, see Volume XII, Part 2, document 27.04, "Memorandum for Lt. Colonel Parker"; Contents of Volume VIII / Subdivision 14 / Conduct of Warfare Generally, and corresponding documents 14.07, 14.08, 14.09; Contents of Volume XII, Part I / Subdivision 24 / France, and corresponding documents 24.06 and 24.07). The present document is a typewritten original of excellent quality on very good paper.