Germany, 1947-1949: The Story in Documents

Germany, 1947-1949: The Story in Documents

Germany, 1947-1949: The Story in Documents

Germany, 1947-1949: The Story in Documents

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Early documentation on occupation policy respecting Germany was published by the Department of State in the pamphlet Occupation of Germany: Policy and Progress, 1945-46 (publication 2783, released August 1947). The present volume tells in documents the story of American policy toward Germany, and pertinent developments in Germany, during the period from January 1947 to September 1949. Although the documents contained herein have been previously made available to the public in whole or in part, they are here presented for the first time in a comprehensive, topical arrangement for the convenience of those who do not have ready access to all these materials in the various forms in which they originally appeared.

As limitations of space restricted the selection of material for inclusion, a number of less important passages have been omitted from the longer documents, the omissions being indicated, and summary statements from reports of the Military Governor for Germany (U.S.) have been used in place of documents whose substance could conveniently be conveyed in that way. A few documents of the earlier period are included because of their continuing relation to the later period.

This compilation was prepared by Velma Hastings Cassidy, of the Division of Historical Policy Research, Office of Public Affairs, with the collaboration of the Bureau of German Affairs.

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