Joachim von Ribbentrop
Ulrich Friedrich Wilhelm Joachim von Ribbentrop (30 April 1893 – 16 October 1946), more commonly known as Joachim von Ribbentrop, was Foreign Minister of National Socialist Germany from 1938 until 1945. He is most known for his role in brokering the National Socialist–Soviet non-aggression pact known as the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact.
At the International Military Tribunal Ribbentrop was sentenced to death.
Ribbentrop and the start of World War Two
Ribbentrop was Foreign Minister as well as an important advisor to Hitler on foreign matters. As such his trial had an important role during the IMT in establishing Germany as the party guilty of starting the war (an extremely important issue for the Allies).
See Revisionist views on the causes of the World Wars on this topic.
Ribbentrop and the Holocaust
The revisionist Carlos Porter has stated on the Nuremberg trials that "Hitler's interpreter appeared as a witness [...] Schmidt's testimony shed light on a famous remark attributed to Von Ribbentrop, that Jews should be killed or confined to concentration camps.
What happened, according to Schmidt (X 203-204 ) was that Hitler was putting pressure on Horthy to take stronger measures against Jews. Horthy said, "What am I supposed to do? I can't kill them." Ribbentrop was very irritable and said, "There are two alternatives: either you can do just that, or they can be interned."
This appeared in the minutes of the conference as "The Reichs Foreign Minister said that Jews should be killed or confined to concentration camps". The statement was used against Ribbentrop and all other defendants during the trial, despite Schmidt's testimony that the minutes were inaccurate (X 410-411 [462-463])."
- NOT GUILTY AT NUREMBERG: The German Defense Case - detailed descriptions and criticisms of the alleged evidence against each of the accused and witnesses at the IMT
- NOT GUILTY AT NUREMBERG: The German Defense Case http://www.cwporter.com/innocent.htm