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The Allied Occupation of Germany


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Contents Maps and list of illustrations vii List of abbreviations ix Acknowledgements xii Introduction 3 1. Occupation Policy and German refugees: The case for revision 15 Britain's 'moral leadership' 17 Minorities and human rights 32 2. 'Germanity and Humanity' 37 'The Trouble with Germans' 37 'Transfer of the German populations': a political expedient 42 'Victors justice: the background to Hamburg 1943 and its aftermath 52 Victors' justice: Nuremburg and its aftermath 67 3. Realities of the occupation 77 A predisposition for control 77 Economic constraints 97 The British churches and voluntary organisations: political instruments 106

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In the years following World War II, the allies occupied a shattered Germany. Britain held North-Western Germany for ten years, overseeing the rehabilitation of 'the biggest single forced population movement in modern history', as Germans from around Europe were expelled from the crumbling Third Reich.

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Francis Graham-Dixon holds a PhD in History from Sussex University and was Visiting Fellow at Humboldt University.


'In our age of mass uprooting and enforced migrancy, when the hardships of refugees and the ethics of humanitarian aid press ever more insistently on the boundaries of engaged democratic consciousness and feasible action, the urgency of looking carefully at earlier episodes becomes evident and compelling. In his searching examination of the British occupation administration of Germany after 1945, Francis Graham-Dixon provides precisely such historical guidance.' Geoff Eley, Karl Pohrt Distinguished University Professor of Contemporary History, University of Michigan

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