Nuremberg (May. 6)
Another of Hitler’s right hand men admitted today that he had a “guilty conscience” concerning the treatment of the Jews in Germany and occupied Europe. Walter Funk, former economic advisor to Hitler and director of the Reichsbank, and one of the 20 defendants on trial at Nuremberg, told the International Military Tribunal that he was deeply ashamed of the injustices done the Jews of Europe.
During cross examination of Funk, the American prosecutor quoted excerpts from a speech he made on Nov. 15, 1938, in which he justified Nazi programs. The prosecutor accused Funk of attempting to play on the court’s sympathy by pretending to be conscience stricken.