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of the RVR, which directions are necessary for securing their uniform execution.

"(3) The RVA is composed of the OKW, deputy of the commissioner for the four year plan, the leader staffs of the GBV and GBW, and the Reich Defense officials.

"(4) Chief office officials for the Reich defense (RV-Referenten) and their deputies are commissioned by the deputy of the leader, by the Reich Chancellery, by each Reich Ministry, by the Reich Leader of the SS and chief of the German police, by the Reich work leaders, by the Reich Forest Master, by the Chief Inspector for the German Road Net, by the Reich Office for Regional Order, by the Reichsbank directorate, and in the Prussian state ministry. RV-Referent and his deputy are immediately subordinate to the minister or the state secretary, and to the chief of the Reich office, resp." (2194-PS) The GBV and the GBW mentioned in the portion quoted above are, respectively, the Plenipotentiaries for Administration and for Economy. Under them were grouped other ministries, some of which were already permanent members of the Council. By paragraph 3 of the Secret Law the following were made subordinate to the Plenipotentiary for Administration: the Ministers of the Interior, Justice, Science and Education, Churches; the Reich Authority for Spatial Planning; and, for limited purposes, the Minister of Finance. Subordinate to and under the direction of the Plenipotentiary for Economy (a position formerly held by Schacht under the title "War Economy" and later held by Funk) were the ministers of Economics, Food, Agriculture, Labor, and for limited purposes, the Reich Finance Ministry and the Reichsbank; the Reich Forest Master; and the Commissioner for Price Control from the 4-Year Plan.

Paragraph 5 of the law (2194-PS) shows that subordinated to the Chief of the OKW were the Reich Postal Minister, the Reich Transportation Minister, and the General Inspector for German Highways.

This concentration of power by the Cabinet was for one purpose only: to plan secretly with the strongest means at hand for the waging of aggressive war. Further evidence of this objective is contained in an affidavit by Frick covering the place, activities, and scope of the Reich Defense Council, including the Three-Man College (2986-PS):

"I, Wilhelm Frick, being first duly sworn, depose and say: "I was Plenipotentiary for Reich Administration (Generalbevollmaechtigter fuer die Reichsverwaltung) from the time when this office was created, until 20 August 1943. Hein


rich Himmler was my deputy in this capacity. Before the outbreak of the war my task as Plenipotentiary for Reich Administration was the preparation of organization in the event of war, such as, for instance, the appointment of liaison men in the different ministries who would keep in touch with me. As Plenipotentiary for Reich Administration, I, together with the Plenipotentiary for Economy and OKW formed what was called a '3-Man College' (Dreierkollegium). We also were members of the Reich defense Council (Reichsverteidigungsrat), which was supposed to plan preparations and decrees in case of war which later on were published by the Ministerial Council for the Defense of the Reich. Since, as soon as the war started, everything had to be done speedily and there would have been no time for planning, such measures and decrees were prepared in advance in case of war. All one then still had to do was to pull out of the drawer the war orders that had been prepared. Later on, after the outbreak of the war, these decrees were enacted by the Ministerial Council for the defense of the Reich.

"(Signed) Dr. Wilhelm Frick" (2986-PS).


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number indicates that the docu-
ment was referred to during the
trial but was not formally received
in evidence, for the reason given in
parentheses following the descrip-
tion of the document. The USA
series number, given in' paren-
theses following the description of
the document, is the official exhibit
number assigned by the court.

Minutes of First Meeting of Cabi-
net of Hitler, 30 January 1933.
(USA 389)..

Letter from Dr. Lammers to the
Plenipotentiary of Administration,
14 June 1942, concerning the juris-
diction of the Council of Ministers
for the Defense of the Reich. (USA
Law Concerning Trustees of La-
bor, 19 May 1933. 1933 Reichs-
gesetzblatt, Part I, p. 285....
Letter from Dr. Lammers to Mem-
bers of the Council of Ministers for
Defense of the Reich, 17 Septem-
ber 1939. (USA 393)...

Law concerning confiscation of
Property subversive to People and
State, 14 July 1933. 1933 Reichs-
gesetzblatt, Part I, p. 479....
Law creating Reich Labor Service,
26 June 1935. 1935 Reichsgesetz-
blatt, Part I, p. 769.. ..
Law on treacherous attacks against
State and Party, and for the Pro-
tection of Party Uniforms, 20 De-
cember 1934. 1934 Reichsgesetz-
blatt, Part I, p. 1269...


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Reich Chancellery, 9 August 1943,
enclosing draft law and memoran-
dum of comment thereon by
Rosenberg, 22 December 1943.
(USA 392)..
The Program of the NSDAP. Na-
tional Socialistic Yearbook, 1941,
p. 153. (USA 255; USA 324)....
Law concerning factory represent-
ative councils and economic or-
ganizations, 4 April 1933.
Reichsgesetzblatt, Part I, p. 161... IV
Extracts from Organizational Law
of the Greater German Reich by
Ernst Rudolf Huber. (GB 246)... IV
Law on the regulation of National
labor, 20 January 1934. 1934
Reichsgesetzblatt, Part I, p. 45.... IV
Ordinance for execution of Four
Year Plan, 18 October 1936. 1936
Reichsgesetzblatt, Part I, p. 887... IV
Decree concerning leadership of
Armed Forces, 4 February 1938.
1938 Reichsgesetzblatt, Part I,
p. 111..

Hess' participation in legislative
process, published in Legal Regu-
lations and Legal Problems of the
Movement, by Dr. O. Gauweiler,
p. 20.....

Law to change the Penal Code of
28 June 1935. 1935 Reichsgesetz-
blatt, Part I, p. 839....
Decree of the Fuehrer, 17 July
1941, concerning administration
of Newly Occupied Eastern Terri-
tories. (USA 319).
Law to remove the Distress of
People and State, 24 March 1933.

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