The Hossbach Memorandum

March 22 2011

Among the official documents [of any era] with which the writer of this Study happened to be acquainted, the Hossbach Memorandum of the 10th November, 1937, recording the minutes of a conference held in the Reichskanzlei, Berlin, on the 5th November [setting out Germany’s expansionist plans], was perhaps the only one that, by any stretch of the imagination, could be supposed to have been manufactured out of deference to an academic ideal. At any rate, the writer of this Study could not think of any credible motive for putting this incriminating record on paper except a concern to facilitate the future task of the Nazi war-criminals’ historian-prosecutors.

A Study of History, Vol IX, OUP, 1954 (footnote)

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