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Artist or CreatorDavid Low (1891-1963)
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Published byEvening Standard
Date28 Apr 1942
Embedded text or transcriptWho's for it this time? Life & Death powers Story of Riom Purge
Person DepictedHimmler; Heinrich (1900-1945)
Hitler; Adolf (1889-1945)
NotesNews: ... Opening of Riom Trial. ... The trial of "war-guilt" prisoners opened at Riom on
Feb. 20. The accused - M. Edouard Daladier, M. Leon Blum, General Marie-Gustave Gamelin, M. Guy
la Chambre, M. Robert Jacomet, and M. Pierre Cot - were accused of "betrayal of duties entrusted
to them" and of "attempts against the security of the State". M. Cot, who is in the U.S., is
being tried in absentia. [Keesing's Contemporary Archives p.5081] German Pressure on Vichy... For
some time past it had become evident that Germany, dissatisfied with the Vichy regime, angered at
the indefinite postponement on April 14 of the Riom trial (which, instead of investigating the
causes of the war as expected by Germany, dealt exclusively with the causes of the French
defeat)... [Keesing's Contemporary Archives p.5137] Hitler's Reichstag Speech. ... "... I
therefore ask the Reichstag for an explicit endorsement that I possess the legal right to compel
every one to fulfil his duty and if, in my opinion and in accordance with my conscience, he does
not carry out his duties, to dismiss him irrespective of who he is or what acquired rights he may
possess, I shall not be in a poistion for months to give leave to those at the front. No one has
any so-called 'well-earned right' to leave. I myself have not claimed three days since 1933. I
will ruthlessly eliminate everybody who does not stand up to his task. I demand this right
because among the millions of honest men there are a few exceptions. I therefore expect German
judges to understand that the German nation does not exist for the convenience of justice but
that justice exists to serve the nation." After quoting examples of leniency in sentences passed
on offenders at home, he continued: "From now on judges who obviously do not recognise the demand
of the hour will be removed from office. ..." [Keesing's Contemporary Archives p.5155]
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internal security forces
World War 1939-1945
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GB/BCA/390Himmler; Heinrich (1900-1945)1900-1945   
GB/BCA/394Hitler; Adolf (1889-1945)1889-1945Born in Austria. Politician and leader of the National Socialist German Workers Party (Nazi Party). He served as German chancellor from 1933-1945 and head of state (Fuhrer) from 1934-1945. He established a single-party dictatorship based on the totalitarian and autocratic ideals of national socialism. He gained support for his views on German nationalism, anti-Semitism, anti-capitalism and anti-communism through his impassioned speeches and propaganda. He wanted to establish a New Order of absolute rule in Europe and pursued a policy of seizing land by force for the Aryan people.  
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