Confession of treason

I confess to treason, but deny that I acted treasonously. [Note 1]

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Note 1: Ich bekenne mich zum Hochverrat, lehne es aber ab, mich auch landesverräterisch betätigt zu haben. Too important a sentence… Interpreted by the Holocaust education group in Orenburg, Russia, to mean that he had not betrayed his real country, Russia. But it has so many nuances!

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Source: RGWA, February 26, 1943 interrogation of Alexander Schmorell.

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