This Day in Nuremberg: Testimony of Wilhelm Keitel by Sara Harvel

Image of Defendants, Keitel is third from the left.

On April 3, 1946, Nazi Defendant and Field Marshal of the Reich, Wilhelm Keitel took the stand. The trial brief says of Keitel, “In Keitel, there was the perfect co-operator. A man who was apparently deaf to any calls of conscience, dead to any sense of honour, ignorant of any distinction between right and wrong.” 

Dodd, Christopher J., and Lary Bloom. Letters from Nuremberg: My Father’s Narrative of a Quest for Justice. Three Rivers Press, 2007.

In letters that Dodd wrote to his wife, Grace, he frequently mentioned Keitel, expressing pity for the man. The court found Keitel guilty and he was executed by hanging. 

April 3, 1946: From Thomas Dodd to Grace

Keitel came on the stand this morning and I must say he made the best appearance so far. Somehow I have a feeling for him. I was glad he looked like an honest soldier. Of course he is guilty but to a lesser degree in my own opinion. He will be on the stand another day or two. 

 

Image of Defendants, Keitel is third from the left. From: https://archives.lib.uconn.edu/islandora/object/20002%3A860046750

Trial Brief of Wilhelm Keitel p. 3 https://archives.lib.uconn.edu/islandora/object/20002%3A1697#page/3/mode/1up

Dodd, Christopher J., and Lary Bloom. Letters from Nuremberg: My Father’s Narrative of a Quest for Justice. Three Rivers Press, 2007.