Nuremberg, Germany: International Military Tribunal, 1939-08-12
Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Law Library
[No Subdivision] / [Reports on Treason, War Crimes, and War Criminals / Hitler Correspondence and Memoranda]
English; the translator's name is not given.,
Mussolini; Roosevelt; Stalin
This document is a detailed summary of a conversation predominantly between Hitler and Count Ciano. The main subject is the timing of Germany's attack on Poland, which Ciano regards as likely to precipitate a general war in Europe. Hitler, confident of his military and disdainful of the Western democracies and their leaders, discounts the possibility of a general war and urges immediate action. Ciano argues for a postponement of two or three years, when both Italy and Japan would be better prepared to wage a prolonged war, and proposes an international conference to assure the world of the peaceful intentions of the Axis. Hitler does not seem to consider this proposal. This document is a typewritten carbon copy of very good quality on thin, browning paper in stable condition.