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Phillips Nuremberg Trials Collection: Trial 11 - Ministries Case

Materials donated to the law school by General Eugene Phillips.

Summary of Charges

This case is also known as the Wilhelmstrasse Trial, so-named because the German Foreign Office was located on the Wilhelmstrasse, a main thoroughfare in Berlin. The defendants in this case were officials of various Reich ministries, facing various charges for their roles in Nazi Germany and thus their participation in or responsibility for the numerous atrocities committed both in Germany and in occupied countries during the war.

Original Indictment


Trials of War Criminals Before the Nuernberg Military Tribunals Under Control Council Law No. 10

The 15-volume series, also known as “The Green Series,” focuses on the 12 trials of almost 200 defendants. This publication by the United States Government Printing Office is the official abridged record of the individual indictments and judgments, as well as the administrative materials that were common to all the trials.

Exhibits

Trial Records

Style of the case: United States of America v. Ernst von Weizsäcker, et al.

Indictment filed: 1 November 1947

Trial dates: 6 January 1948 - 18 November 1948

Judges: William C. Christianson (MN) (presiding judge), Robert F. Maguire (OR), and Leon W. Powers (IA).  

Chief Prosecutor: Robert Kempner

Defense Counsel:  

Judgment: 11 April - 13 April 1949

Sentencing: 13 April 1949

Defendants Position Sentence
Ernst von Weizsäcker
  • SS-Brigadeführer
  • Permanent Secretary of State in the Auswärtiges Amt (Foreign Ministry) under Ribbentrop until 1943
  • From 1943, ambassador to the Holy See
7 years' imprisonment; reduced to 5 years in 1949, released in October 1950.
Gustav Adolf Steengracht von Moyland
  • Successor of von Weizsäcker as Secretary of State in the Foreign Ministry (until 1945)
7 years' imprisonment; reduced to 5 years in 1949, released 1950
Wilhelm Keppler
  • Secretary of State
  • Hitler's advisor for economy
10 years' imprisonment; released 1951
Ernst Wilhelm Bohle
  • NS-Gauleiter
  • Secretary of State in the Foreign Ministry
  • Head of the Auslandorganisation (foreign organization) of the NSDAP
5 years' imprisonment
Ernst Wörmann
  • Secretary in the Foreign Ministry
  • Head of the political division
7 years' imprisonment; reduced to 5 years on December 12, 1949; released 1951
Karl Ritter
  • Liaison between Foreign Office and the High Command of the German armed forces
4 years' imprisonment incl. time already served; released after the judgment.
Otto von Erdmannsdorff
  • Secretary in the Foreign Ministry
  • Deputy to Wörmann.
acquitted
Edmund Veesenmayer
  • Plenipotentiary in Hungary
20 years' imprisonment; reduced to 10 years in 1951 and released the same year.
Hans Heinrich Lammers
  • Head of the Reich Chancellery
20 years' imprisonment; reduced to 10 years in January 1951 and released December 16, 1951.
Wilhelm Stuckart
  • Secretary of State in the Interior Ministry
Time already served (3 years and 10 months)1
Richard Walther Darré
  • Minister for Food and Agriculture
7 years' imprisonment; released 1950
Otto Meissner
  • Head of the Presidential Chancellery
acquitted
Otto Dietrich
  • Reichspressechef of the NSDAP
  • Secretary of State in the Propagandaministerium
7 years' imprisonment incl. time already served; released in 1950.
Gottlob Berger
  • SS-Obergruppenführer
  • Head of the SS-Hauptamt
25 years' imprisonment; reduced to 10 years in 1951; released the same year.
Walter Schellenberg
  • SS-Brigadeführer
  • Second-in-command of the Gestapo
  • Head of the SD and the Abwehr
  • Cuccessor of Wilhelm Canaris as the head of the Combined Secret Services
6 years' imprisonment incl. time already served
Lutz Graf Schwerin von Krosigk
  • Minister of Finance
10 years' imprisonment; released in 1951
Emil Johann Puhl
  • Vice-president of the Reichsbank
5 years' imprisonment incl. time already served
Karl Rasche
  • Director of the Dresdner Bank
7 years' imprisonment incl. time already served
Paul Körner
  • Secretary of State
  • Deputy of Göring.
15 years' imprisonment; reduced to 10 years in 1951; released the same year.
Paul Pleiger
  • Head of the Hermann-Göring-Werke (confiscated steel plants employing slave laborers)
15 years' imprisonment; reduced to 10 years in 1951; released the same year.
Hans Kehrl
  • Secretary in the Ministry of Armament
  • Head of the planning office
15 years' imprisonment; released in 1951

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