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The struggle for the files the Western allies and the return of German archives after the Second World War

Eckert, Astrid M. 1971-

The struggle for the files the Western allies and the return of German archives after the Second World War Astrid M. Eckert. Transl. by Dona Geyer - 1. English ed. - XV, 427 S. 23 cm - Publications of the German Historical Institute .

First published 2004 as Kampf um die Akten: Die Westalliierten und die Rückgabe von deutschem Archivgut nach dem Zweiten Weltkrieg Includes bibliographical references (p. 385 - 416) and index

Machine generated contents note: 1. The confiscation of German documents, 1944-9; 2. The first German calls for restitution; 3. The positions of the United States and Great Britain; 4. Negotiation marathon; 5. Ad fontes: the captured German documents and the writing of history; 6. Conclusion.

"When American and British troops swept through the German Reich in the spring of 1945, they confiscated a broad range of government papers and archives. These records were subsequently used in war crimes trials and published under Allied auspices to document the German road to war. In 1949, the West Germans asked for the documents' return, considering the request one of the benchmarks of their new state sovereignty. This book traces the tangled history of the captured German records and the extended negotiations for their return to German custody. Based on meticulous research in British, American, and German archives, The Struggle for the Files highlights an overlooked aspect of early West German diplomacy and international relations. All participants were aware that the files constituted historical material essential to write German history, and at stake was nothing less than the power to interpret the recent German past"--Provided by publisher

Translated from the German

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015951627 UK

World War, 1939-1945--Archives--History--Germany

Germany (West)--Foreign relations

Class of Spring 2011 Daimler Fellow Fellow Germany Heer Archives Archives Germany History 20th century


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