Alfred Jodl (1890–1946) was Chief of the Armed Forces High Command Operations Staff. In this capacity Jodl directed all military campaigns and participated in planning and authorizing the brutal methods that the German Armed Forces employed while waging war.
Jodl was found guilty on all four counts (conspiracy, crimes against peace, war crimes, and crimes against humanity) and sentenced to death. He was hanged on October 16, 1946.
Critical Thinking Questions
- Investigate Jodl’s life and background. What choices did he make as he rose to prominence and authority?
- What pressures and motivations may have affected Jodl’s choices?