Note 011
by Joachim C. Fest

11 Goring to Donitz and Hess during Speer's examination as the latter emphatically acknowledged the guilt of the regime and his personal responsibility. Speer's confession and the complete incomprehension with which the majority of the accused noted his attitude is conclusive evidence of his otherness; see Gilbert, Nuremberg Diary. Gilbert also finds that Speer distinguished 'at the outset between his basic attitudes and those of the military caste', for he acknowledged 'the validity of the indictment in charging a common responsibility of the Nazi leadership for "such horrible crimes" ', and 'the inadmissability of obeying orders as an excuse'.

From Chapter 16, Albert Speer , Part 3 of The Face Of The Third Reich by J.C. Fest -- See further Notes

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