Neurath, Konstantin von, 1873-1956

Neurath served as HITLER’s Foreign Minister from 1932 to 1938. He was not a Nazi but a conservative appointed to the Cabinet by Hindenberg, who resigned his post in opposition to Hitler’s aggressive policies leading to war. In 1939 Neurath was appointed Reich Protector of Bohemia-Moravia, a post which involved enforcing Berlin’s ‘advice’ onto the satellite government of the region. He was forced to retire because of his leniency and was replaced by HEYDRICH. Neurath was tried at Nuremberg for his complicity in starting the war, but was given only fifteen years imprisonment because he had opposed and prevented various activities of the Gestapo and SD in Czechoslovakia.

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