Our Love Affair with Germany

Our Love Affair with Germany

Our Love Affair with Germany

Our Love Affair with Germany


Our love affair with Germany started just as most love affairs end. It started with unconditional surrender.

When the news reached Berlin that Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin had agreed to demand "unconditional surrender," a little man in Hitler's Propaganda Ministry began to dance in a Chaplinesque manner. Dr. Joseph Goebbels confessed to his secretary that he had "never been so happy in his life."

He had good reasons, despite the signs of approaching catastrophe. The Hitler Government had decided to fight until "fünf Minuten nach zwölf," five minutes after twelve. The Germans, outnumbered at the front, bombed and starved at home, were less anxious. They were longing for peace. Now, however, the threat of unconditional surrender with all its implications would convince everybody that Germany's very existence was at stake.

Why did we force the issue?

We felt a great solidarity with the Russians. Stalin knew that sooner or later the Germans would offer to surrender to the West. Under the terms of the agreement this condition would be unacceptable.

But more important: our Military Intelligence as well as the Office of Strategic Services reported growing resistance to Nazism in Germany. We knew that some generals, former union leaders and liberal students were . . .

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