The Pledge Betrayed: America and Britain and the Denazification of Post-War Germany

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The Pledge Betrayed: America and Britain and the Denazification of Post-War Germany

By Tom Bower
Doubleday, 1982
462 pp. $17.95
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A broadside against the feeble Anglo-American efforts to prosecute Nazi war criminals. The author, a BBC producer, believes many Allied officers (not all-not, for example, General Clay) and most Germans collaborated on facilitating the reintegration into society of former Nazis and war criminals-to the great detriment, he argues, of the Bonn Republic. The mistakes were indeed many and systematic, but the bungled process deserves something better than this polemic, this prosecutor's brief; it needs a historian's effort to understand or truly reconstruct an appalling miscarriage of hopes and promises.

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