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Allied Internment Camps in Occupied Germany -

Allied Internment Camps in Occupied Germany

Extrajudicial Detention in the Name of Denazification, 1945-1950



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Between 1945 and 1950, approximately 130,000 Germans were interned in the Soviet zone of occupied Germany, including in former Nazi concentration camps. One third of detainees died, prompting comparisons with Nazi terror. But what about the western zones, where the Americans, British, and French also detained hundreds of thousands of Germans without trial? This first in-depth study compares internment by all four occupying powers, asking who was interned, how they were treated, and when and why they were arrested and released. It confirms the incomparably appalling conditions and death rates in the Soviet camps but identifies similarities in other respects. Andrew H. Beattie argues that internment everywhere was an inherently extrajudicial measure with punitive and preventative dimensions that aimed to eradicate Nazism and create a new Germany. By recognising its true nature and extent, he suggests that denazification was more severe and coercive but also more differentiated and complex than previously thought.

Product code: 9781108487634

ISBN 9781108487634
No. Of Pages 258
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H235xW158xS20
This first in-depth study of Allied internment compares the detainment of Germans by all four occupying powers in the post-war period. It challenges common assumptions about divergent western and Soviet approaches to detainees, revealing how the process of denazification was more complex and severe than previously believed.