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   Nazi Conspiracy and Aggression, Volume Two, Chapter XIV

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It is clear that Funk was a central figure in the Nazi
conspiracy and that, as a member of the Nazi inner circle,
he helped formulate, was aware of, and promoted the
realization of, the conspirators' program. He knew,
moreover, that this program envisaged the use of terror and
force within and if necessary outside of Germany, and that
it contemplated the use of criminal means. Funk, by
promoting the conspirators' accession to power and the
realization of their program, signified his approval of such

The evidence has also established that, after the Nazi
seizure of power, Funk promoted the achievement of the
conspirators' program by virtue of his activities in the
Ministry of Propaganda, activities which fomented and
carried out the persecution of Jews and dissidents; which
psychologically mobilized the German people for aggressive
war; and which reduced the willingness and capacity of the
conspirators' intended victims to resist aggression. Funk
also participated, as Minister of Economics, in the
formulation and execution of the policy for the complete
elimination of the Jews from the German economy.

As Minister of Economics, President of the Reichsbank, and

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Chief Plenipotentiary for Economics, Funk mobilized the
German economy for aggressive war, with full knowledge of
the conspirators' plans for aggression. Moreover, in these
capacities, nd as a member of the Ministerial Council for
the Defense and the Central Planning Board, he also actively
participated in the waging of aggressive wars. Finally, by
virtue of his membership the Central Planning Board, which
formulated and directed e execution of the program for the
enslavement, exploitation, and degradation of millions of
foreign workers, he bears a special responsibilitY for the
war crimes committed in the execution of that program.

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