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Die Amerikanische Reparationspolitik gegenüber Deutschland, 1941-1945
Die Amerikanische Reparationspolitik gegenüber Deutschland, 1941-1945
By Otto Nübel
Metzner, 1980, 226 pp

Basing his work primarily on American documents, a German historian has written a valuable and original analysis of the shaping of U.S. reparations policy toward Germany. From this detailed discussion one sees very clearly how much the failure to settle issues within the U.S. government or to take a long view of the problem led to international failures and disputes. The story stops with the Potsdam Conference, which was not really the end. One of the author's discoveries is that the Council on Foreign Relations' War and Peace studies produced what he regards as one of the best papers on reparations some time before the government did anything about the issue.