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           Nazi Conspiracy & Aggression, Volume VI
                  Copy of Document 3593-PS

                                                  [Page 298]
Excerpts from the Interrogation of Hermann Goering, taken at
      Nurnberg, Germany on 13 October 1945, 1045-1200,
                 by Dr. R.M. Kempner, OUSCC
[Page 4, line 16]


Q. How could you tell your press agent, one hour after the
Reichstag caught fire, that the Communists did that, without
any investigation?

A. Did the public relation offices say that I said that?

Q. Yes. He said you said it.

A. It is possible when I came to the Reichstag the Fuehrer
and his gentlemen were there. I was doubtful at the time,
but it was their opinion that the Communists had started the

Q. But you were the highest law enforcement official in a
certain sense. Daluege was your subordinate. Looking back at
it now and not in the excitement that was there once, wasn't
it too early to say without investigation that the
Communists started that fire?

A. Yes, that is possible, but the Fuehrer wanted it this

                                                  [Page 299]
Q. Why did the Fuehrer want to issue at once a statement
that the Communists had started the fire?

A. He was convinced of it.

Q. It is right if I say that he was convinced without having
any evidence or any proof of that at this moment?

A. That is right, but you must take into account that at
that time the Communist activity was extremely strong, that
our new government as such was not very secure.

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