May 1, 1945: Doenitz addresses the German people in a radio broadcast: The Fuehrer has nominated me as his successor. In full consciousness of my responsibilities I therefore assume the leadership of the German people at this fateful hour. My first task is to save German men and women from destruction by the advancing Bolshevist enemy. It is to serve this purpose alone that the military struggle continues.
Karl Dönitz (German pronunciation: [ˈdøːnɪts] ( listen); 16 September 1891 – 24 December 1980) was a German naval commander during World War II. He started his career in the German Navy (Kaiserliche Marine, or "Imperial Navy") during World War I.
Grossadmiral Karl Dönitz Bundesarchiv Bild 146-1976-127-06A > Der Tapfere Deutsche Soldat - Ehre Ihn Forensic research on German soldiers, units, operations, etc. available at firstname.lastname@example.org
[Photo] Hermann Göring, Karl Dönitz, Joachim von Ribbentrop, Erich Raeder, Wilhelm Keitel, Baldur von Schirach, and Ernst Kaltenbrunner at the Nuremberg Trial, Germany, 1945-1946 | World War II Database