British Assistant Trial Counsel Elwyn Jones presented the Case of Aggression as a Basic Nazi Idea based on the teachings of Hitler's Mein Kampf.
At a morning session of 8 January, 1946, summing up the evidence related to the criminal activities of Nazi organizations and the persecution of Christianity, Major Elwyn Jones drew the Nuremberg Trial officials’ attention to Adolf Hitler's book "Mein Kampf".
This autobiography, which included the ideas of National Socialism, was published in huge editions and became the "symbol of faith" of the Third Reich. The 1940 edition alone had a circulation of 6,250,000.
In particular, the book was actively distributed among young people. Elwyn Jones showed a gift version of "Mein Kampf", which was presented by the district administration to all newlyweds who lived in Nazi Germany.
This was not the first time that the book was mentioned during the Nuremberg Trials. Previously, the book’s excerpts were singled out so as to confirm criminal activity by Nazi organizations. A more detailed presentation was needed to prove that “Mein Kampf” was a source of all the villainous plans implemented by the defendants.
The book focuses on a theory of a so-called “master race” and a concept of using force to achieve goals, as well as plans for an aggressive foreign policy, which, according to Hitler's plan, Germany should have adhered to.
Sergei Miroshnichenko, “Transcript of the Nuremberg Trials”. Volume III