29 Nov. 45

whether or not there would be a civil war. These are the actual facts which can be proved by documents."'
There the Defendant Göring was giving to the Defendant Ribbentrop the proper line that he should take in London as to how to explain what had happened in Austria. Of course, when the Defendant Göring said that his story about this matter could be proved by documents, I don't think he had in mind that his own telephone calls might constitute documents.

Another rather interesting item begins on Page 3 of the English text of this Part W--still Göring talking to Ribbentrop in London. This is at the bottom of the page:

"Göring: 'No, no, I think so, too. Only, I did not know if you had spoken already to these people. I want you once more, --but no, not at all once more, but generally speaking--tell the following to Halifax and Chamberlain: It is not correct that Germany has given an ultimatum. This is a lie by Schuschnigg, because the ultimatum was presented to him by Seyss-Inquart, Glaise-Horstenau, and Jury. Furthermore, it is not true that we have presented an ultimatum to the Federal President, but that it also was given by the others, and as far as I know, just a military attaché came along, asked by Seyss-Inquart, because of a technical question."' --you will recall that he was a lieutenant general directed by Göring to go along--" 'He was supposed to ask whether, in case Seyss-Inquart would ask for the support of German troops, Germany would grant this request. Furthermore, I want to state that Seyss-Inquart asked us expressly, by phone and by telegram, to send troops because he did not know about the situation in Wiener-Neustadt, Vienna, and so on; because arms had been distributed there. And then he could not know how the Fatherland Front might react since they always had had such a big mouth.'

"Ribbentrop: 'Herr Göring, tell me, how is the situation in Vienna; is everything settled yet?'

"Göring: 'Yes. Yesterday I landed hundreds of airplanes with some companies, in order to secure the airfields, and they were received with joy. Today the advance unit of the 17th division marches in, together with the Austrian troops. Also, I want to point out that the Austrian troops did not withdraw; but that they got together and fraternized immediately with the German troops, wherever they were stationed.' "

These are quite interesting explanations that the ultimatum by Seyss-Inquart alone and not by Göring; that Lieutenant