Quotes by: Fritz Sauckel

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Fritz Sauckel
Sauckel at the Nuremberg trials
Acting Reichsstatthalter of the Free State of Anhalt
In office
1933–1937
Prime Minister Alfred Freyberg
Rudolf Jordan
Preceded by Wilhelm Friedrich Loeper
Succeeded by Rudolf Jordan
Acting Reichsstatthalter of the Free State of Brunswick
In office
1935–1945
Prime Minister Dietrich Klagges
Preceded by Wilhelm Loeper
Succeeded by Rudolf Jordan
Reichsstatthalter of Thuringia
In office
1933–1945
Prime Minister Himself
Willy Marschler
Preceded by None
Succeeded by None
Minister President of Thuringia
In office
1932–1933
Preceded by Erwin Baum
Succeeded by Willy Marschler
Gauleiter of Thuringia
In office
1927–1945
Leader Adolf Hitler
Preceded by Artur Dinter
Succeeded by None
General Plenipotentiary for Labour Deployment
In office
21 March 1942 – May 1945
Preceded by None
Succeeded by None
Personal details
Born (1894-10-27)27 October 1894
Haßfurt, then Kingdom of Bavaria, German Empire
Died 16 October 1946(1946-10-16) (aged 51)
Nuremberg, Germany
Political party NSDAP
Spouse(s) Elisabeth Wetzel (m. 1924)
Children 10
Profession Sailor, factory laborer

As a cabin boy on a Norwegian sailing ship I earned five kronen a week in addition to my keep.
Fritz Sauckel
As I, as a worker, came to know them, the aims of German trade unions were political, and there were a number of various trade unions with varied political views.
Fritz Sauckel
Through the Young Men's Christian Association and principally in Australia and North America, as well as in South America, I came into contact with families of these countries.
Fritz Sauckel
At that time we were very definitely told that under no circumstances should there be any secret chapters or any other secrecy in the life of the Party, but that everything should be done publicly.
Fritz Sauckel
I joined the Party definitely in 1923 after having already been in sympathy with it before.
Fritz Sauckel
In my Gau, as far as I know, only Communists who had actually worked against the State were arrested.
Fritz Sauckel
Although as a sailor I despised politics - for I loved my sailor's life and still love it today - conditions forced me to take up a definite attitude towards political problems.
Fritz Sauckel
As regards personal relationships I cannot say that I had any particularly personal intercourse with anyone.
Fritz Sauckel
One day I heard a speech of Hitler. In this speech he said that the German factory worker and the German labourer must make common cause with the German intellectual worker.
Fritz Sauckel
It so happened that I was on a German sailing vessel on the way to Australia when the ship was captured, and on the high seas I was made prisoner by the French.
Fritz Sauckel
When she became very ill with heart trouble, I saw that it would be impossible for my parents to provide for my studies, and I obtained their permission to go to sea to make a career for myself there.
Fritz Sauckel
I had repeatedly made written requests to the Fuehrer that I might be allowed to join the Wehrmacht as an ordinary soldier. He refused to give me this permission.
Fritz Sauckel
I could not have the honour of being a German soldier because of my imprisonment in the First World War. And in this world war the Fuehrer refuses to allow me to serve as a soldier.
Fritz Sauckel
I am very proud of the fact that many workers in my Gau, numerous former Communists and Social Democrats were won over by us and became local group leaders and Party functionaries.
Fritz Sauckel
The citizen parties, by an absolute majority, elected a National Socialist Government.
Fritz Sauckel
I was elected to the Diet in the same way as at every parliamentary election.
Fritz Sauckel
I was never informed in advance about the start of the war or about foreign political developments.
Fritz Sauckel
Many years before I had left a beautiful country and a rich nation and I returned to that country six years later to find it fundamentally changed and in a state of upheaval, and in great spiritual and material need.
Fritz Sauckel
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