John Dietrich - The Morgenthau plan
Soviet influence on American postwar policy
The Morgenthau Plan was designed to completely destroy the German economy, enslave millions of her citizens, and exterminate as many as 20 million people. This was the Allies' post-war policy that preceded the Marshall Plan, and it devastated what remained of Germany after the war was officially over. Was this "economic idiocy" — or intentional destruction of a surrendered country? A major criticism of the German population in the war years was that they claimed that they were not aware of the atrocities committed by their government. In mirror fashion, the chapters of this book chronicle events committed by the United States that should be commonly known but are not. Many of these events are denied even now by academics and professional historians who live in a free society.
The current work documents the drafting and implementation of the Plan, and through countless documented quotes from official sources shows that its impact on the German people was well understood.
About the Author
John Dietrich holds a Masters Degree in International Relations and is an expert on postwar conditions in Europe. Upon retiring from the US Army, he served in the Defense Intelligence Agency from 1985 until 1991; he is presently an Immigration Inspector.
One of the most dramatic events of the 20th century was the mass expulsion of ethnic Germans from the territory east of the Oder-Neisse Rivers. As many as 18.1 million people were driven from their homes because of their ethnic background. Somewhere between 2.1 million and 6 million of these people, mostly women and children, perished in what was supposed to have been an “orderly and humane” transition.
Section Two of the Morgenthau Plan, dealing with the "New Boundaries of Germany," stated that: “(a) Poland should get that part of East Prussia which doesn’t go the USSR. and the southern portion of Silesia.” However, even Morgenthau had not envisioned the drastic territorial changes finalized at the Potsdam Conference, where it was agreed that all German land east of the Oder-Neisse Rivers that was not under Soviet administration “shall be under the administration of the Polish state.”
The decision to move the German frontier to the west of the Oder-Neisse Rivers and to expel the inhabitants may have been made during the Yalta Conference.
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