29 Nov. 46

Evidently the defendant wanted to keep a record of important telephone conversations which he had with important persons regarding the Case Austria, and had the transcriptions provided by his Research Department. Most of the conversations transcribed and recorded in the volume I have offered, were conducted by the Defendant Göring, although at least one interesting one was conducted by Hitler. For purposes of convenience our staff has marked these telephone calls in pencil with an identifying letter running from "A" through "Z" and then to "AA." Eleven of these conversations have been determined by a screening process to be relevant to the evidence of this particular time. All the conversations which have been translated have been mimeographed and are included in the document books handed to the defendants. The original binder contains, of course, the complete set of conversations. A very extensive and interesting account of events with which we are much concerned can be developed from quotations from these translated conversations. I turn now to copies of the telephone conversations.

The first group in Part A of the binder took place between Field Marshal Göring, who was identified by the letter "F" for Field Marshal, and Seyss-Inquart, who was identified as "S". The transcript prepared by the Research Institute of the Air Ministry is in part in the language of these two persons and is in part a summary of the actual conversations. I quote from Part A of this binder, and because of the corroborated nature of this transcript and its obvious authenticity, I propose to quote this conversation in full.

"F"--hereafter I shall use Göring and Seyss-Inquart--

"F: 'How do you do, doctor? My brother-in-law, is he with you?'

"Seyss-Inquart: 'No.' "

Thereupon the conversation took approximately the following turn:

"Göring: 'How are things with you? Have you resigned or do you have any news?'

"Seyss-Inquart: 'The Chancellor has cancelled the elections for Sunday, and therefore he has put S'"--Seyss-Inquart-- "'and the other gentlemen in a difficult situation. Besides having called off the elections, extensive precautionary measures are being ordered; among others, curfew at 8 p. m.'

"Göring replied that in his opinion the measures taken by Chancellor Schuschnigg were not satisfactory in any respect. At this moment he could not commit himself officially. Göring will take a clear stand very shortly. In calling off the elections he could see a postponement only, not a change of the present situation which had been brought about by the