IN THE NAZI NAVY (KARL DÖNITZ)
Karl Dönitz was a big dumb Nazi who doesn’t get enough credit for being a big dumb Nazi.
In 1939, Adolf Hitler named Dönitz Befehlshaber der Unterseeboote (BdU). In English, this meant Dönitz was Commander of the Submarines. As Commander of the Submarines, Dönitz waged a merciless war against allied shipping.
In 1943, Hitler promoted Dönitz to a Grossadmiral and promoted him to Oberbefehlshaber der Kriegsmarine. In other non-German words, Dönitz was a now a Grand Admiral and Commander in Chief of the German Navy.
Dönitz remained fiercely loyal to Hitler until the end. After the failed attempt on Hitler’s life on July 20, 1944, Dönitz gushed, “In comparison to Hitler we are all pipsqueaks. Anyone who believes he can do better than the Fuhrer is stupid.”
Dönitz’s adoration did not go unnoticed by Hitler. On May 2, 1945, according to Hitler’s last will and testament, Dönitz, not Hermann Goring, Heinrich Himmler or Joseph Goebbels, succeeded the post-suicide Hitler as Staatsoberhaupt or Head of the Reich. This upset Goring, Himmler and Goebbels.
Dönitz escaped with his neck at the Nuremberg trials and spent 10 years in Spandau Prison. He wrote two memoirs in which he argued that as a soldier he was not morally responsible for the Third Reich’s crimes.
In those memoirs he failed to mention he once said, “I would rather eat dirt than see my grandchildren grow up in the filthy poisonous atmosphere of Jewry.”
Dönitz died of a heart attack on Christmas Eve 1980.
2014 | Digital Print | Hahnemuhle Photo Rag | 40" x 60" | Edition of 5