The Good Germans, Cont’d


From a reader:

I am a bit surprised that the “knowledgeable reader” writing about the “good Prussians” who tried to oppose Hitler does not mention at all the name of Admiral Wilhelm Canaris, who alone was probably responsible for more anti-Nazi activities than the rest of opposition put together. Moreover, if even a part of the information given here

or here

is correct than one can’t argue that Canris’s motives cannot be attributed simply to a realization that Hitler was going to loose the war. Please note in particular this passage:

Admiral Canaris was an eye-witness to the killing of civilians in Poland. At Bedzin, SS troops pushed 200 Jews into a synagogueand then set it aflame. They all burned to death. Canaris was shocked. On 10 September, 1939, he had traveled to the front to watch the German Army in action. Wherever he went, his intelligence officers told him of an orgy of massacre. Two days later, he went to Hitler’s headquarters train, the Amerika, in Upper Silesia, to protest. He first saw General Wilhelm Keitel, Chief of the Armed Forces High Command. “I have information,” Canaris told Keitel, “that mass executions are being planned in Poland and that members of the Polish nobility and the clergy have been singled out for extermination.”

Canaris told Keitel, “The world will one day hold the Wehrmacht responsible for these methods since these things are taking place under its nose.” But Keitel urged Canaris to take the matter no further.


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