Joachim von Ribbentrop: 'The most brainless boy' in Hitler's class?
Richard Wilkinson considers the character and standing of the much-despised Nazi Foreign Minister.
Who got the biggest laugh at the Nuremberg Trial? The answer is, von Ribbentrop. It happened when he was denying that he had bullied President Hácha of Czechoslovakia. ‘What further pressure could you put on the head of a country except to threaten him that your army would march in and your airforce would bomb his capital?’ demanded Sir David Maxwell-Fife. ‘War, for instance’, Ribbentrop replied and the court erupted. The other prisoners shook their heads in embarrassed disbelief while one asked his neighbour ‘How could such a man be Foreign Minister of the Reich?’