Munich, February 21, 1943
Secret State Police [Gestapo]
State Police Headquarters Munich
Vol. No. 13226-43 II A / Sond. [Special Commission]
Probst Christoph, having been led out of prison and asked about the text of his manuscript, gave the following explanation:
On the basis of the documents set before me – typewritten transcription – and a photocopy of the original, I am able to fill in the gaps as follows:
200,000 German brothers were sacrificed for the prestige of a militaristic imposter. The human conditions of surrender set down by the Russians were hidden from the soldiers who were sacrificed. For this mass murder, General Paulus received the Oak Leaves [decoration]. High-ranking officers escaped from the slaughter in Stalingrad by airplane. Hitler refused to allow those who were entrapped and surrounded to retreat to the troops behind the line. Now the blood of 200,000 soldiers who were doomed to death accuses the murderer named Hitler.
Tripoli! They surrendered unconditionally to the 8th English Army. And what did the English do? They allowed the citizens to continue living their lives as usual. They even let police and bureaucrats remain in office.
Only one thing did they undertake to do thoroughly: They cleansed the great Italian colonial city of every false ringleader and subhuman.
The annihilating, overwhelming super-power is approaching on every side with dead certainty. Hitler is less likely than Paulus to capitulate. There would be no escape for him. And will you be deceived as were the 200,000 who defended Stalingrad in a losing cause, so that you will be massacred, sterilized, or robbed of your children?
Roosevelt, the most powerful man in the world, said in Casablanca on January 26, 1943: Our war of extermination is not against the people, but against the political systems. We will fight for an unconditional surrender. More contemplation may be needed before a decision can be made. (I can only determine what the following sentence was supposed to mean.) This is about the lives of millions of people. Should Germany meet the same fate as Tripoli?
The following portion of the text was unimpeachable:
Today, all of Germany is encircled just as Stalingrad was. All Germans shall be sacrificed to the emissaries of hate and extermination. Sacrificed to him who tormented the Jews, eradicated half of the Poles, and who wishes to destroy Russia. Sacrificed to him who took from you freedom, peace, domestic happiness, hope, and gaiety, and gave you inflationary money.
That shall not, that may not come to pass! Hitler and his regime must fall so that Germany may live. Make up your minds: Stalingrad and destruction, or Tripoli and a future of hope. And when you have decided, act.
I have attempted to reproduce the text in its original form as fully as possible. I have no additional explanation to give to this matter.
Recorded by: Signed by Geith. Crim. Secr.
Signed by: Christoph Probst [Note 1]
Note 1: The copy in this file is signed by neither Probst nor Geith. It is merely a copy of the original from Christoph Probst’s file.
Source: ZC13267 (217 – 218)