Karl Dönitz

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Karl Dönitz

Karl Dönitz, in English also spelled Karl Doenitz (16 September 1891 – 24 December 1980), was a German admiral and after 1943 Commander-in-Chief of the German Navy.

On 30 April 1945, after the death of Adolf Hitler and in accordance with Hitler's last will and testament, Dönitz was named Hitler's successor. On 7 May 1945 Dönitz ordered the German surrender and his government was dissolved by the Allies on 23 May 1945.

At the International Military Tribunal Dönitz was sentenced to ten years' imprisonment.

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