This Is Germany

This Is Germany

This Is Germany

This Is Germany

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In May 1945 the total defeat of the German armed forces by the victorious Allied armies led to the unconditional surrender of Germany. The American people had reason to believe that the danger of future aggression in Europe had been destroyed and that lasting peace would result.

Our government had entered into an agreement with the governments of France, the United Kingdom, and Russia for a four-power occupation of Germany. This occupation was to have as its major purposes the exacting of security measures, to include the punishment of the Nazi leaders, so that a recovered Germany would not become again an aggressor nation, while at the same time restoring an economy which would provide the German people with a reasonable standard of living, and the rebuilding of self-government under democratic procedures.

Unfortunately we soon found that all of the four powers did not interpret their agreement for the occupation of Germany alike. As a result, four-power government failed, and for many months each of the four powers governed its separate zone of occupation independently. It was obvious that the complex, closely integrated German economy could not recover under such conditions. Hence the British and Ameri-

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