Dr. Globke Testifies at Trial of 12 Guards of Nazi Death Camp

Dr. Hans Globke, who was eased out of his post as State Secretary to then Chancellor Konrad Adenauer for his Nazi past, asserted here today that he had belonged to the resistance group which tried in July 1944 to assassinate Hitler.

Appearing as a witness here at the trial of 12 former guards at the Sobibor death camp, he also asserted that he had not heard about the Nazi “final solution” of mass murder of all Jews until after the war. He had provided a commentary on the Nazi Nuremberg race laws as a high official in the Nazi Justice Ministry.

He testified that the 1935 Nuremberg Laws were unjust but he insisted that they had tended to limit the evil intentions of the Nazis, He added that at first the Nazis had adhered to those laws but that later they had “committed excesses.” He also asserted that as an official who did not belong to the Nazi Party, he was unable to prevent those excesses and that, in any case, he had not realized the “unjustness” of the Nuremberg Laws at the time.