The interrogation of Göring was an informal affair and no shorthand note was taken. The interrogators merely made occasional notes of their points in which they were particularly interested from their angle. It seems to me that Göring was in addition saying quite a number of things which might have interest from an historical point of view. For instance, he stated that on September 1st when it was clear that war with England was inevitable, he begged Hitler to allow him to send over all the planes in the German Air Force to bombard the Fleet at Scapa Flow but Hitler had refused because he was convinced that once he had defeated Poland it would be easy to come to an understanding with England and France. This sort of thing is not really our concern, but it does seem to me that it would be useful to extract all the information we could out of these people before they are executed, or at any rate to make sure that all the information which is extracted from them, even if it is not of direct use to the Prosecutors, is made public as soon as possible.
- Chief British Prosecutor at the Nuremberg trial Sir Harley Shawcross, 4th November, 1945 (i.e. over a fortnight before the IMT commenced), Carbon-copy of a personal letter addresses to a "Pat" found in UK National Archives: WO 311/705 (a British IMT team admin file), pp.32-33.