Death of Career Diplomat Konstantin von Neurath, Known for Work for Nazi Germany

Death of Career Diplomat Konstantin von Neurath, Known for Work for Nazi Germany

Konstantin von Neurath

Konstantin von Neurath dies in Enzweihingen, West Germany at the age of 83. A career diplomat in Germany, Neurath is best known for his work on behalf of the government of Nazi Germany.

Under the leadership of Adolf Hitler, Konstantin von Neurath served as Reich Minister of Foreign Affairs (1932-1938) and Reichsprotektor (Governor) of the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia (1939-1941).

During the Nuremberg war crimes tribunal, the consensus was that while he was complicit in Nazi war crimes, he ultimately played a minor role in them. Thus while he is found guilty on all four counts — "conspiracy to commit crimes against peace; planning, initiating and waging wars of aggression; war crimes and crimes against humanity" — he is only sentenced to fifteen years in prison.

Konstantin von Neurath writes after the war:

"I have never been anti-Semitic. My Christian and humanitarian convictions prevented that. A repression of the undue Jewish influence in all spheres of public and cultural life, as it had developed after the first World War in Germany, however, I regarded as desirable."

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Nuremberg Day 163-164: Cross-Examination of Konstantin von Neurath

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